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Queens's Speech: "Fairer Deal for Farmers"
5:36pm 9th May 2012
Families and the economy were the top priorities in the Queen's Speech.
The government is going to make it easier for both parents to take leave.
Promises too on bankers, supporting business and cutting energy prices.
Fairer prices for farmers are also on the cards.
A watchdog is going to be set up to make sure local suppliers get a good deal from the supermarkets.
St Ives MP Andrew George has been fighting for this for years: "Some of the unfair practices applied by the supermarkets like last-moment changes when they've already agreed a contract and then they say, ah, well, we now want to sell your potatoes two for the price of one. Saying to their suppliers, well if you want to supply us, you've got to pay for shelf space. It's all these things that people don't see are going on.
"When that supermarket is your only buyer or you primary buyer, you can't blow raspberries at them. You have to do what they say. That's what's going on".
But critics are laying into the bill, with Labour accusing the coalition of being "out of touch".
Leader Ed Milliband says, "For a young person looking for work, the speech offers nothing. For a family whose living standards are being squeezed, this speech offers nothing. For the millions of people who think the government isn't on their side, this speech offers nothing. No change. No hope".
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