Dear Sir or Madam,
What consultations has the British Fashion Council had with
-Equity Shoes, Leicester
-Sanders & Sanders, Rushden
over an easily researched period - say five years?
What representations has the British Fashion Council received from the MPs for Leicester or Rushden for consultation with UK shoe manufacturers?
My idea of an "easily researched period" is the amount of time letters are kept on file in London or email is archived, or the off-the-cuff memory of current staff if this is longer.
By "consultation", I mean letters or phone calls from BFC to ask how these now-closed footwear factories could have fitted the criteria for promotion and subsidy, for example by suggesting fashionable designer-customers of theirs for show at London Fashion Week.
By MP for Leicester I mean Patricia Hewett, MP for Leicester West since 1997, who has also been minister of trade for a time.
By MP for Rushden I mean Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough since May 2005, and Paul Stinchcombe, barrister and speech-writer, who was MP there from 1997-2005.
It would be polite to mention other MPs who have lobbied, such as the other MPs for Leicester, but as the Equity factory is in Leicester West I've chosen that constituency to single-out.
The reason I think this is important is that I believe that the British Fashion Council or successor should consult UK shoe factories about export promotion policy. I think UK shoe factories are vital to the high-end designers that are currently promoted; one cannot exist without the other. I understand that the British Fashion Council with a staff of 30 and other bodies that it funds now promotes leather shoes made in autocratic countries for British designers - even in their "ethical" category. I think that press coverage of these shoes obscures the ethical advantages of buying shoes that are not from autocratic states, particularly those made by UK taxpayers in the UK.
Dear Mr Robertson
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Your enquiry appears to be directed to the British Fashion Council which
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enquiry to them at [email address].
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