Keith was visiting Belgrave Road, which was the centrepiece of the first Mango Festival which took place in Leicester last year, to talk to shop keepers who will be seriously affected by the Mango Ban.
The ban, which is due to come into effect shortly, will mean that Indian mangoes will not be able to be imported to the UK. The UK consumes up to 47 thousand tonnes of fresh mangoes a year and is the EU’s largest consumer of the fruit.
Mr Vaz has written to European Commission President Barroso to ask him to defer the ban for which he says there has been little consultation. He wants time to be able to visit Mr Barroso in Brussels with a delegation of MPs and constituents who are against the proposal. Mr Vaz has also written to Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to ask what consultation there has been with the UK Parliament. The Leicester East MP has also written to the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh to enquire if the Indian Government has been consulted.