Labour has promised “a fair deal for rural Britain” in its rural manifesto, launched yesterday.

The party said it wanted British farming to be profitable and competitive but also said consumers had the right to know where their food originated.

The document included pledges to improve productivity and domestic food production, as well as the existing plans for a supermarket ombudsman.

“We’re backing British farmers and food producers – our largest manufacturing sector, employing 3.6 million people – with a supermarket ombudsman,” said Hilary Benn, secretary of state for environment food and rural affairs.

Labour claimed in the manifesto that the Tories policy of isolation in Europe would leave the country helpless in defending its interests.

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