Cotswold District Council leader Lynden Stowe quizzed over horsemeat scandal
THE HORSEMEAT scandal has ridden into the Cotswolds.
At Tuesday’s meeting of Cotswold District Council Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem, Churn Valley) asked council leader Cllr Lynden Stowe (Con, Campden-Vale) what the authority had done to make sure meat-lovers in the district were not left with a horsy taste in their mouths.
When Cllr Stowe explained that, although the authority has responsibility for food safety in the district, the issue fell under the remit of Gloucestershire County Council’s trading standards division, Cllr Hodgkinson replied: “What you are actually saying is your council has sat back and done nothing”.
“Far be it for me to nag you but this is not just a supermarket issue,” he added.
“Given that 28 other local authorities are taking proactive action on this, is it time to put your best hoof forward and get in the saddle?”
Cllr Stowe replied he was “appalled” by the scandal, but there was nothing the council could do to deal with the issue.
“It is not up to this council, it is up to the supermarkets to sell what they say they are selling,” he said.