Labour NEC bans McDonald’s stand from party annual conference

Fast food chain ‘disappointed’ after governing body bans stall at Liverpool conference, at a loss of £30,000

The fast food chain McDonald’s has said it is disappointed Labour’s ruling national executive committee decided to bar it from running a stand at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool.

A Labour critic of Jeremy Corbyn accused the NEC of adopting a “snobby attitude” after it vetoed the McDonald’s stand, losing the party £30,000.

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, told the Sun on Sunday: “I’m exasperated that we should throw away £30,000 worth of sponsorship like this. It smacks of a snobby attitude towards fast-food restaurants and people who work or eat at them.

“McDonald’s may not be the trendy falafel bar that some people in politics like to hang out at but it’s enjoyed by families across the country.”

Ian Austin, the former minister, tweeted: “Why has UKLabour turned down 30k from McDonald’s? My first job was in their branch of Dudley High Street.”

The Sun on Sunday reported that McDonald’s wanted to set up an “interactive experience” display to support British farm produce at the Labour conference. The Tories and SNP have allowed McDonald’s to set up similar stands at their conferences.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We are disappointed with the decision that has been taken.”

A Labour spokesperson said: “We do not comment on commercial decisions.”


Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent

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