11th July 2003




The Labour peer and government adviser Lord Haskins is to be honoured  by the University of Lincoln later this month in recognition of his work in the fields of politics and business.


In Hull Christopher Haskins is best known as the former chairman of Northern Foods, one of the UK’s leading food producers whose head office is in the city.


He gave over 40 years’ service to the company, 36 of which were as a director on the board. He became deputy chairman in 1974 and served as chairman from 1986 until his retirement this year.


But he is increasingly well known on the national scene as a supporter and adviser to the Labour Government.


In 2001 he was appointed as Tony Blair’s ‘rural tsar’ to advise on rural recovery in the UK at the height of the foot and mouth crisis.


A staunch supporter of the Euro, he is a member of the Britain in Europe campaign, and yet he has also argued against the Common Agricultural Policy and has advocated scrapping EU farm subsidies.


A lifetime Labour supporter, the owner of a large farm in Yorkshire and a leading light in the food industry, Lord Haskins of Skidby has often been called upon to advise ministers and government departments on food and rural issues.


Christopher Haskins was born a farmer’s son in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduates with honours with a degree in Modern History.


He became a life peer in 1998 and subsequently worked on the Culliton Irish Industrial Policy Review group in 1991 which produced the blueprint for the successful Irish economy of recent years


He will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Lincoln at its summer awards ceremony at Hull City Hall at 11.30am on Thursday 24th July.


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