The National Farmers Union is attempting to drum up support for a private members’ bill that could see the early introduction of a grocery market ombudsman.

MP Albert Owen's motion is receiving a second reading on Friday – and NFU government affairs chief Terry Jones urged MPs from all parties to support it.

“This Bill provides a short-cut to government to introduce an ombudsman so that suppliers have an independent, confidential means of reporting bad practice, such as retrospective demands for money and changes to trading terms,” Jones said.

Sir Terry Leahy and Andy Bond have both voiced their opposition to the ombudsman proposal, arguing that the cost of the new layer of bureaucracy would inevitably be passed on to consumers.

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