The Tripe Marketing Board has challenged the European Office of Tripe Consumption to 'put up or shut up' following the receipt of a bill for £1,250 for the TMB's contribution towards its 2014 'EuroTripe' promotional campaign.
Speaking at a media conference in Chorley today, Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This bill has come out of the blue. I can't help but feel that our colleagues in Europe are taking advantage of the fact that the TMB will be shortly publishing its 2015 Diary."
In an interview with the Lytham Independent, UKIP council candidate Nigel Farnworth had said he was "disgusted" by the demand. "For too long, we've stood by watching imports of cheap European tripe. It's time we stood up to Brussels and told them fairly and squarely that we've got enough tripe in Britain. We don't need any more," he said.
Sir Norman dismissed Mr Farnworth's comments as 'Little Lancashire-ism'. He said: "We want to maintain our position as the premier meat-based marketing board in Europe, but we have to walk a bit of a tightrope with this one. Nigel's comments aren't helpful and merely serve to distract from the real story here - that our 2015 Diary will be out any day soon."