It is to the great credit of MP John Hayes that he has consistently highlighted the unfair way in which supermarkets treat their suppliers.
Mr Hayes was prominent among the Government ministers who established the ombudsman who has now established that our MP was right all along about the unfair terms of trade of these retail giants.
Local produce suppliers – small and large – have fallen foul of supermarkets for years and now we know, officially, that Tesco has short-changed those with which it trades for ages.
As Mr Hayes pointed out, the ombudsman has found that Tesco’s “unreasonable practices” were widespread, exposing a tactic that left suppliers unpaid to boost its own profits.
The adjudicator visited Lincolnshire soon after her appointment and one local farmer, Barry Fisher of Moulton Chapel, led the charge in highlighting to her just how the big retailers have made life almost impossible for so many smaller businesses by dominating and distorting the food chain.
Mr Fisher and Mr Hayes worked together to inform, advise and support those with the courage to take on the supermarket bullies. Well done, gentlemen.