Bake Off judge Prue Leith has reportedly quit the Conservative Party after the government rejected the amendment to protect the UK’s food standards.
The 80-year-old had recently urged the UK government to not allow the country to import inferior food from America after Brexit.
However, last Monday, MPs rejected the amendment to the Agriculture Bill which would have also protected British farmers.
Since the Bill was denied it has been reported that Prue, who has yet to publicly address the claims, responded by cancelling her membership with the Conservative Party.
According to the Daily Mail, Ms Leith’s son Danny Kruger, the Tory MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, also voted with the government on the Agriculture Bill.
The protest for the Bill comes after there were concerns that chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef could enter the UK market from the US.
Defending the rejection, environment minister Victoria Prentis said Number 10 was ‘absolutely committed to high standards’ and that existing laws would continue to safeguard them.
She went on: ‘The tools we have to ensure high standards are, as I’ve tried to set out, are many and varied and strong enough to protect standards even under pressure.’
Dismissing fears of imported chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-treated beef as ‘fear-mongering’, she added: ‘This government is not going to change it under any circumstances and we have said very clearly that in all our trade negotiations, we will not compromise our high environmental protection, animal welfare or food standards.
‘We have a range of tools to protect us, we have the existing regulation, we have parliamentary scrutiny which I detailed earlier, including the select committee which I for one think is significant.’
Last month, Prue said she ‘felt sorry’ for Prime Minister Boris Johnson for having to deal with the pandemic, pointing out that ‘nobody’s ever done it before’.
The 80-year-old acknowledged that some Covid-19 rules are ‘difficult to understand’, but said it seems like ‘everybody wants to attack everything’.
‘It may seem very illogical that you’re allowed to go to a pub, but you’re not allowed to go to a family wedding or something,’ Prue told ITV News’ Acting Prime Minster podcast.
‘But ultimately if there are enough restrictions to just prevent a huge second spike, we’ll all be better off for it.
‘So they have to do what they can. What they do may not be perfect, but nobody’s ever done this before.’
Credit: Original article published here.