Sheringham High students recruit MP to anti-sweatshop campaign

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb with Sheringham High School students Roman Pretty, Anna Bhalaero and Re

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb with Sheringham High School students Roman Pretty, Anna Bhalaero and Rebecca Mann who are campaigning against fashion sweatshops. Picture: SHERINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham High School students recruited North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to their cause when they explained their strong opposition to fashion sweatshops.

The Liberal Democrat MP, who was visiting the school, was impressed by the strength of student feeling against the first world's exploitation of third world workers.

He dictated a letter on the spot to Prime Minister Theresa May suggesting that notice should be taken of the students' demands and that the government should require all brands and retailers to join the Bangladesh Safety Accord which ensures all workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage.

In July hundreds of Sheringham students expressed their anger by each sewing a button onto a school sweatshirt as an acknowledgement of the nature and difficulty of the work which many people as young as seven have to endure for minimal wages.

Peter Skivington, part of the team of counselling staff at the school who organised the week–long Soul Space contemplation event, said: 'It is great to know that when young people speak, their views are being heard by those who have the power to change things.'


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