Political pressure for a supermarket regulator to police the industry looks set to grow despite the idea being rejected by the government this week.
Across the political spectrum MPs are determined to curb what they claim are the excesses of the big four, particularly Tesco. This was made clear during a special Commons debate on Wednesday when Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat members queued to demand action. Heading the calls was former Foreign Office Minister Keith Vaz, who claimed the UK grocery market was “completely distorted” by the dominance of Tesco. “The character and integrity of our town and city centres are being disfigured forever,” he claimed.
None of the present watchdogs had sufficient powers or teeth to regulate the market, insisted Vaz. “It is clear that something needs to be done.”