Nick Clegg speaks out in defence of Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish

Nick at St Lukes to launch the Great Pie and Peas Up

Nick at St Lukes to launch the Great Pie and Peas Up

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, has responded to a London Labour MP who derided Sheffield’s famous Henderson’s Relish, which has been produced locally for more than 100 years, as an example of how successful brands can be copied and exploited.

During a debate on the Intellectual Property Bill the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, Jim Dowd, described Henderson’s Relish as an ideal example of product-mimicking [1].

In his open letter to Jim Dowd MP, Nick Clegg MP said: -

“Henderson’s Relish has been made in Sheffield for over 100 years and is a much loved local institution. Its aroma and flavor are unique. It is used by thousands of Sheffielders and, as Henderson’s appeal grows, many more throughout the country and indeed around the globe.

“Apart from being a great product, Henderson’s are also a prime example of a local business that gives back to their community. Last year they donated 5p from the sale of every bottle to a local hospice as part of their ‘Great Pie and Peas Up’ appeal, which I was also delighted to take part in – not just because it involved eating  pie and peas with a sprinkling of Henderson’s Relish. They raised a total of £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

“Given the history behind Henderson’s Relish, I hope you can appreciate that Sheffielders are fiercely proud of it. We are confident it would win in any blind taste test, whether at a pub in Blackheath or anywhere else.”

The full letter is here:

Dear Jim Dowd MP,

I am writing to you as a Sheffield MP regarding your comments which cited Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish as an example of how successful brands can be copied and exploited. I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.

Henderson’s Relish has been made in Sheffield for over 100 years and is a much loved local institution. Its aroma and flavor are unique. It is used by thousands of Sheffielders and, as Henderson’s appeal grows, many more people throughout the country and indeed around the globe.

Apart from being a great product, Hendersons is also a prime example of a local business that gives back to their community. Last year they donated 5p from the sale of every bottle to a local hospice as part of their ‘Great Pie and Peas Up’ appeal, which I was also delighted to take part in – not just because it involved eating  pie and peas with a sprinkling of Henderson’s Relish. They raised a total of £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

Given the history behind Henderson’s Relish, I hope you can appreciate that Sheffielders are fiercely proud of it. We are confident it would win in any blind taste test, whether at a pub in Blackheath or anywhere else.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Clegg MP

5 Responses to Nick Clegg speaks out in defence of Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish

  1. Rich Thompson 21/01/2014 at 18:26 #

    Maybe you could ask the right honourable gentleman to spend more time researching his argument than swanning around eating meals in pubs.

    Maybe he could be invited to cite his evidence of this ‘blatant ripoff’ by the original producers of Hendo’s.

    Maybe you could invite the right honourable gentleman to stop mouthing off about something he clearly shows no understanding of and look instead to the welfare of his constituents.

  2. Matt Bancroft 22/01/2014 at 13:22 #

    Well put Mr Clegg. Let the relish battle commence.

    • Steve Shaw 22/01/2014 at 17:45 #

      Sirs,

      Rather than get into emotive speech as seems to be happening on some forums, I would like to thank my local MP, Mr Clegg for his well structured reply.

      It seems that Mr Dowd would do well to consider facts before demeaning local producers. It is a matter of fact that people who have been brought up on Henderson’s go to great lengths to obtain it, rather than the more commercially known product, I am aware of people taking it to refugees in the Los Angeles & Australia. I would also like to point out that my grandfather who was born in Worcester would be put out if there was no Henderson’s to have with his stew or pie.

      From conversation with my colleagues, Mr Dowd seems to have cooked up a storm. Perhaps this may prove a salutary lesson regarding preparation.

      Yours faithfully

  3. David Birch 22/01/2014 at 19:04 #

    Just see what the Everly Pregnant Brothers sing about this. Couldn’t put it better myself

  4. Simon M 22/01/2014 at 21:28 #

    If MPs were restricted to speaking only on topics about which they were genuinely knowledgeable, then the house of commons would be a quiet place indeed!

    Mr Dowd will soon be eating humble pie, which will no doubt be made a good deal more palatable with a dash of Henderson’s Relish.

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