Parliament’s ‘big cheese’ steps down

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North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has stood down as chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese.

L-R: Dan Rogerson MP, Lord Jones of Cheltenham and Judith Bryans of Dairy UK
L-R: Dan Rogerson MP, Lord Jones of Cheltenham and Judith Bryans of Dairy UK

Rogerson set-up the group with the help of the British Cheese Board following his election as local MP in 2005 and has served as its chairman until this year.

Despite standing down as chair of the group due to ministerial responsibilities, Rogerson will continue to work with the group to support the local dairy industry in north Cornwall.

Fellow Liberal Democrat Lord Jones of Cheltenham will take over as chair of the cross-party group which includes MPs and member of the House of Lords from all parties.

Rogerson addressed a meeting of Parliamentarians, Government ministers, cheese makers and representatives from the dairy industry in the House of Commons earlier this week.

During his speech, he spoke about the importance of the dairy industry to jobs and the economy in north Cornwall, from the expanding Dairy Crest site at Davidstow, to farmers, small producers and cheesemakers.

He said: “The All Party Cheese Group does a fantastic job of bringing together politicians, cheese makers and those involved in the dairy sector to discuss how we can work together to promote and support this important industry that is such an integral part of the economy in rural areas like Cornwall.”