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What can one person in Knutsford do about global hunger?
Knutsford is a small town in East Cheshire, just 16 miles from Manchester. It's known locally for customs such as ‘sanding the streets’ on May day and the three-hour endurance race for penny farthing bicycles every ten years. It’s also home to UK chancellor, George Osborne, who is the MP there.
Today, we take the campaign to regulate food speculation ‘home’ to George Osborne. The local newspaper, the Knutsford Guardian is running a WDM-sponsored, advertisement in this week’s version of the paper:
We're taking the message to his constituency. High global food prices is contributing not just to UK inflation but also making food unaffordable for the poorest people in the world.
George Osborne can do something about it. He is the UK representative at EU talks on new rules to rein in speculation. But he is siding with the City of London and wants to keep the rules weak so that financial speculators can continue betting on food.
We need to get him to change his mind and create public pressure wherever we can. Exposing the decision he faces on tackling one of the root causes of global hunger, in front of his voters, will turn up the heat in the place that matters most to him.
What you can do:
If you are George Osborne's constituent, click here
If are not his constituent but want to help ramp up the pressure, click here
If you have ideas on other creative ways to get George to change his mind, we'd love to hear them! Please add your comments below.
Heidi is a campaigns officer at WDM, working to stop excessive speculation in food in financial markets.