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Liz Truss foreign secretary denies saying 'I side with Downham Market traders' to Daily Mail reporter



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Foreign Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss denies telling a Daily Mail reporter she "sides with the old market traders" in the ongoing Downham row.

The Daily Mail article by Richaed Eden quoted Ms Truss as saying: "I'm loving being Foreign Secretary, but right now I'm dealing with local warfare.Near my constituency is the Downham Market wars. The old-fashioned market traders, selling things like mobility scooters, are at war with the new traders, who are posh blow-ins selling organic food.I'm on the side of the old market traders."

The comment was allegedly made at a recent Tory conference.

Secretary of State and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss meeting with farmers at Ed Lankfer's Farm in Wereham on Friday July 9th 2021..Ed Lankfer with Liz Truss..Picture Paul Marsh. (49059530)
Secretary of State and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss meeting with farmers at Ed Lankfer's Farm in Wereham on Friday July 9th 2021..Ed Lankfer with Liz Truss..Picture Paul Marsh. (49059530)

Fiona Walker, the MP's secretary said: "We don't recognise these comments as being accurate."

However the alleged comments gave hope to Downham's traders and public who said they were "pleased she is on the side of the old traders".

Ms Truss has previously commented on the matter saying she wants to see a "thriving market" and that matters should be "resolved as soon as possible".

DMTC meeting October 5 Credit Steven Hewitt (51983761)
DMTC meeting October 5 Credit Steven Hewitt (51983761)


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