Pasties Not A Luxury Says MP

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George, is urging Treasury Ministers to rethink their proposal to impose a ‘pasty tax.’

Mr George, who last week warned the Government that locals would “fight them on the beaches” over the tax, is urging the Chancellor of the Exchequer to think again before it’s implemented on 1st October.

Mr George said, “Pasties are not luxury food. It’s not like caviar or lobster sandwiches, which would be zero-rated.

“For the Chancellor to say that people can ‘eat their pasties cold’ fails to recognise the long tradition and how important this humble square meal is to working people.”

He says the Cornish pasty has special Protected Geographic Indication status, which the Government has supported.

“If the Government is simply trying to achieve consistency between VATable takeaway outlets and supermarkets, then they could make an exception for the ‘protected’ pasty,” he added.