The Tripe Marketing Board has warned the Conservative Party not to heed calls from the Taxpayers' Alliance to cut benefits to pensioners earlier than previously planned.
The warning came from TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle, speaking at a fringe meeting at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester earlier today.
Sir Norman said it would be a "foolish mistake" to adopt the plans, which could jeopardise recent improvements in tripe sales. "Cutting the income of our main customer base at this time would be a disaster. Thanks to our work in the social media, the average age of the typical tripe consumer has now fallen to 73, but we can't - and mustn't - turn our back on our core customers," he said. He called on the Conservatives to back the TMB's 'Free Tripe for the Over 65s' campaign, saying it could boost tripe sales at a critical time for the industry.
Sir Norman was speaking at a meeting jointly hosted by the National Federation of Meat Processors and Offal Monthly, the trade journal for the offal industry. Delegates had earlier run a gauntlet of militant vegans who had pelted delegates with tofu and raw chard, although none of this hit Sir Norman as he was sheltered by a TMB aide.
Afterwards, Sir Norman said he would be personally thanking Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for exempting raw food from the so-called 'plastic bag tax'. "That could have been the final nail in the coffin for tripe retailers," he said.