London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis made a speech yesterday to the European Parliament accusing the European Commission of distorting competition for sugar refiners.

Strict EU preferential access rules are currently threatening thousands of jobs at sugar cane refiners across the European Union, including at Tate & Lyle Sugars Silvertown refinery in Marina’s London constituency.

In her speech Marina said: “The EU is facing a sugar shortage in spite of a global sugar surplus. These shortages are unnecessary and the Commission is to blame.

“Because of the mis-management of the sugar regime, cane sugar refineries across Europe are under threat. These refineries provide more than 4,500 jobs in some of the poorest parts of the EU.

“Cane refiners are forced to pay a higher price for their raw material than their competitors. The Commission must ensure a level playing field to protect jobs.”

Video of Marina’s speech: