Former football star Gary Lineker is joining MPs to back a campaign urging

people to use local markets instead of supermarkets.

National Markets Week, which starts on 18 June, has been organised by the All Party Parliamentary Markets Group, which says that more than 200 MPs from all

parties support the drive.

Markets encouraged

people to eat locally

produced, healthy food,

said Ann Coffey, Labour MP for Stockport and secretary of the group. "At a local market you don't get sweating swedes, plastic peppers or clingfilm carrots," she


Lineker, son of a Leicester market trader, said: "People don't realise the asset they have on their doorsteps."

Markets Week will be launched at a House of

Commons reception, with guest speaker planning minister Yvette Cooper.