Oct 28, 2010
More than 50 MPs of all parties gathered in Westminster on Tuesday 26 October to hear about the Not in my Cuppa campaign and why we are opposing plans for a giant mega-dairy in Lincolnshire.
Watch our news video from the night below:
Former Cabinet Ministers, MPs new and old, and Members of the House of Lords listened to a presentation from WSPA CEO Mike Baker, dairy farmer Neil Darwent and campaign partner, Compassion in World Farming.
In his speech Neil told the MPs: “In 1970 there were 100,000 dairy farms in the UK, which were home to over 3 million dairy cows producing 12 billion litres of milk a year. Today there are less than 2 million cows on just 16,000 farms, still producing just over 12 billion litres of milk. It is possible that if mega dairies such as that proposed at Nocton in Lincolnshire, get the go ahead, we could see all this milk produced from just 232 farms.”
Around 20 MPs posed for a Not in my Cuppa photo (check them out on our live 'take action' feed to see if your MP is there!) and a new Early Day Motion was launched with MPs signing a life-size cut out cow.
The turnout from MPs was fantastic - this is an issue that they are clearly concerned about.
If you feel the same way as those MPs who came along to our parliamentary reception (co-hosted with campaign allies Compassion in World Farming) then you can say no to factory from battery cows by going to our campaign site and taking part in the way that best suits you.