On Friday I visited local farmer Olly Harrison to hear about the aid he has helped collect to support Ukrainian families impacted by Russia’s illegal invasion. Olly, the founder of the Liverpool Christmas Tractor Convoy in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, has repurposed farm sheds to store aid before it is shipped across to Eastern Europe.
Working with a fellow farmer and groups in the Polish community Olly has used the contacts he has from previous visits to Ukraine to find out what was needed and how they could practically get it out to those in need. I asked questions of the Government shortly after the invasion on how charities and groups could best export aid and supplies while navigating new Brexit-related rules between Britain and the EU.
The first batch of aid has already been despatched and at least two more are planned. It is fantastic to see the generosity of ordinary people who want to help people displaced by an unjust war that is just a two-hour flight away in a modern European country.
We also discussed the importance of food security and how difficult conditions for farmers already struggling with rising costs have been exacerbated by the conflict. These rises are already being seen on supermarket shelves and the Conservative Government must take action to try and keep these rises to a minimum as families are hit hard by their cost of living crisis.