Honoured to have a Welsh Sausage named after me

Virginia Crosbie MP and Jo Parrott owner of Anglesey Fine Foods

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has had a Welsh sausage named in her honour after a Carry-On moment about the delicacy in parliament caused a few raised eyebrows earlier this year.

Anglesey Fine Foods in Valley is now selling the Virginia Sausage – a blend of chicken, apricots and herbs.

The owner Jo Parrott said she wanted to mark the food causing the light hearted moment in the Commons in January when DEFRA minister Victoria Prentis said a “Welsh sausage is hard to beat”.

She was answering a question from Virginia about post-Brexit support for Welsh farmers, when she had asked: “Will she also agree with me that a Welsh-farmed sausage is the finest addition to any good breakfast?”

The remark caused the Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and other MPs to start laughing in the chamber.

“I am very honoured to have a Welsh sausage named after me and I thank Victoria for inadvertently making it so high profile in the first place and Anglesey Fine Foods for marking it in such style,” said Virginia.

“I am passionate about local produce and our island is home to many high-quality producers which we need to support as much as we can as we bounce back from the pandemic.

“If this publicity helps those who produce the ingredients and Anglesey Fine Foods, then that’s absolutely great news. I have already bought some and they are delicious!”

The sausage is also part of a recipe by Virginia alongside Anglesey Eggs for a contribution to a parliamentary cookbook called “Corridors of Flour”.

Jo added: “We were delighted to be mentioned in the House of Commons by Virginia and equally pleased to create a new sausage in her name, which has been declared very tasty by our customers.”

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