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Mike Talks Mangoes



Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has met with the President of the Brighton & Hove Gujarati Cultural Society, Dhirajlal Lamba, in order to discuss the concerns of the Indian community in the city.

In the meeting, Mike, joined by his colleague Cllr Graham Cox, congratulated Mr Lamba on his re-election as President of the Brighton & Hove Gujarati Cultural Society, and took the opportunity to discuss with various issues concerning the Indian community, including the local economy and the EU Indian mango import ban. For more information on the Brighton Gujarati Cultural Society, click here.

Commenting, Mike said: It was good to hear from Dhirajlal that he is seeing clear evidence of the local economy improving. We also took the opportunity to discuss the EU ban on the import of Indian mangoes to this country, and I will be raising this issue with my ministerial colleagues. The Indian Alphonso mango is rightly treasured in this country and I am proud of our historic links with India.

Mike added: This ban by EU bureaucrats highlights how Britain is stopped from taking a common sense approach to the issue. Our relationship with the countries of the Commonwealth is extremely important and must be treated with respect. Should a Conservative government be returned after the next General Election, then residents will be given the chance to have their say on our future relationship with Europe by taking part in an in/out referendum.

Photo caption: Mike Weatherley MP, together with Westbourne councillor Graham Cox,congratulating Dhirajlal Lamba on his re-election as president of the Brighton and Hove Gujarati Cultural Society.