To tackle poverty you need to increase trade as well as give aid. That is why the Government must take forward the international efforts we led to secure fairer trade rules and continue our investment in supporting fair trade.
It is wrong that the Government has delayed the implementation of the Bribery Act which would help make trade fairer by tackling the corruption and bribery that devastates lives in the developing world. They must immediately set out a clear timetable for implementing the Bribery Act to make trade fairer.
It is not just the role of governments to support fair trade; we can all make a difference. That is why Fairtrade fortnight is so important. We can help people make their own way out of poverty.
Harriet with Mary Foulkes and local councillors Cllr Dixon-Fyle and Cllr Hargrove at Southwark Council's successful bid to become a Fairtrade Council, 2007