Dear Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP & Rt. Hon. Liz Truss MP,

The United Kingdom has always been at the forefront of having strong protections and common-sense regulations. These protections are the invisible safety net that holds together our society and provides stability for the UK. They offer security and safety for the more vulnerable members of society, including our children and the elderly, and they create a level playing field that allows businesses to grow and thrive.

The undersigned organisations call on you, as contenders to be the next Prime Minister, to make a personal commitment to maintain these high UK standards and common-sense protections, and ensure that local and national regulators have the capacity to enforce the rules.

Polling and focus groups conducted by a range of organisations show strong support from swing voters in both ‘Red Wall’ and ‘Blue Wall’ constituencies for building on existing British standards. Voters want to be confident that the food they serve their families is of a high quality, that their rights at work are protected, that the rivers their children play in are clean, that the products being sold to their loved ones are safe. Both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ voters are united in this desire.

Strong, well-enforced regulations can ensure that the UK remains a world leader in public health, environmental and food standards, animal welfare, worker and consumer safety. Robust regulations will underpin moves to ‘level up’ the country – helping to drive up standards in local communities. And, at a time when people’s incomes are being squeezed, strong rules can provide a guarantee that basic quality and safety standards are being met – regardless of income.

This is the vision of the United Kingdom that we know is supported by the public. We urge that any changes to our regulations will be undertaken with a view to turning that vision into a reality.

Yours Sincerely,

Emma Rose and Phoebe Clay, co-Directors, Unchecked UK


Co-signed by:

Coilin Nunan, Director, Alliance to Save our Antibiotics

Jamie Cook, CEO, The Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Mike Benner, CEO, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Thalie Martini, CEO, Breast Cancer UK

Mike Robinson, CEO, British Safety Council

John Herriman, CEO, Chartered Trading Standards Institute

Dr Michael Warhurst, Executive Director, CHEM Trust

Dr Nick Palmer, UK Director, Compassion in World Farming

Mark Dearn, Director, Corporate Justice Coalition

Ed Matthew, Campaigns Director, E3G

Ali Harris and Clare Moody, Co-CEOs, Equally Ours

Hugh Knowles & Miriam Turner, Co-Executive Directors, Friends of the Earth, EWNI

Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now

Liz O’Neill, Director, GM Freeze

Shaun Spiers, Executive Director, Green Alliance

Hilda Palmer, Director, Hazards

Sarah Mukherjee MBE, CEO, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Theo Thomas, CEO, London Waterkeeper

Jemima Hartshorn, Founder, Mums for Lungs

Arnold Pindar, Chairman, National Consumer Federation

Melissa Green, General Secretary, National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Martin Lines, UK Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network

Miles King, CEO, People Need Nature

Keith Tyrell, Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network UK

Elizabeth Gardiner, Chief Executive, Protect

Mark Lloyd, CEO, The Rivers Trust

Beccy Speight, CEO, RSPB

Shane Holland, Executive Chair, Slow Food in UK

Jo Lewis, Director of Policy and Strategy, Soil Association

Dr Susan Hawley, Executive Director, Spotlight on Corruption

Kath Dalmeny, CEO, Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

Jamie Page, CEO, The Cancer Prevention and Education Society

Joan Edwards OBE, Director Policy and Public Affairs, The Wildlife Trusts

Shavanah Taj, General Secretary, Wales TUC

Paul Bell, National Officer, Unison

Dominic MacAskill, Regional Secretary, Unison Wales

Kate Metcalf, Co-Director, Women’s Environment Network

Nick Measham, CEO, Wildfish

Dr Richard Benwell, CEO, Wildlife and Countryside Link

Ashley Smith, Chair, Windrush Against Sewage Pollution

Abi Bunker​, Director of Conservation & External Affairs, The Woodland Trust