31 January 2020
Shailesh Vara calls for Stilton cheese to be able to be made in Stilton

As we leave the EU, and with evidence that Stilton cheese was originally made in the village of Stilton, Shailesh Vara calls for the restrictions that prevent Stilton cheese being made in the village to be lifted.

Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

As we leave the EU, may we have a debate on products made in the UK that up to now have had restrictions on them? I am proud that the village of Stilton is in my constituency, but despite a local historian finding evidence that Stilton cheese was originally made in the village, EU rules and bureaucracy have prevented the cheese from being made locally.

Mr Rees-Mogg

Geographical indicators are a matter of considerable controversy, with some people arguing very strongly for Yorkshire rhubarb, and others concerned about Stilton cheese. My hon. Friend makes a great campaign for a village in his constituency. It always seems difficult if you cannot use your own name for something.