Vegan burger factory boss Heather Mills offers support to Easington General Election candidate
Vegan burger factory founder Heather Mills has offered her backing to a General Election candidate.
The businesswoman, media celebrity and former model, who is originally from Washington, is supporting Labour candidate Grahame Morris in a personal capacity ahead of the December 12 poll.
The Easington constituency where Mr Morris is defending a 14,892 majority from the 2017 election is where Ms Mills has set up her VBites factory.
In a statement, Ms Mills, who has stressed she is not aligned to any political party, said: “Grahame has supported VBites and championed East Durham to become the centre of plant-based food production in Europe.
“Grahame wants to secure jobs and investment in plant-based food production, recognising it as the fastest growing sector in the food industry.
“I welcome his support and his ambition of making East Durham a world leader in the export of plant-based food.”
Mr Morris said: “I greatly appreciate the kind words of Heather Mills.
“The loss of Walkers Crisps was a hammer blow and few thought we would be able to secure the return of food production at the site.
“We are fortunate to have Vbites, with a director and founder who understands our area.
“Plant-based food will only increase in popularity and I am determined to make East Durham the centre of this fast-growing industry bringing much needed jobs and investment.”
Walkers Crisps, on the North West Industrial Estate, closed after half a century in December 2017 with the loss of 350 jobs.
Ms Mills, who was previously married to musician Paul McCartney, announced she had bought the premises the following year.
Production began earlier this year with staff working on an order to supply 500 million vgan burgers to the United States.