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Our pre-launch meeting at Westminster on 2/12/14 was covered by Farming Today, Farmers Weekly, Farmers Guardian,,  Southe East Farmer  prompting an editorial  from Emma Penny and columns in WMN  from Anthony Gibson and Chris Rundle.


  Our  first meeting on Feb 12th  at the Stirk House Gisburn,  Lancashire  with guest of honour Brenda Sutcliffe was reported in Farmers Weekly and Farmers Guardian

  We put in a Freedom of Information request for HSE's 1990 sheep dipping report but were told it was not available. However a well-wisher sent us a copy which we   published on the website  here on 22/2/15


  On 25/2/15 we received  an e-mail from HSE saying they had now found a copy of the original report which we publish here. They offered sincere apologies for any confusion caused and in return we express our gratitude to them for finding it.

 press coverage in  Guardian 27/4/15 , Telegraph 25/4/15  Wales on-line 25/4/15 FG 24/4/15 Guardian 20/4/15 

 p.18/19 of the Spring edition of Multi-Chemical Sensitivity magazine here

June 10th: Westminster Hall debate here (from 16.00)    Hansard here

July 3rd: The Farmers Union of Wales support calls for an inquiry:

Aug 24th: Following a FOI request we have received another 14 previously unpublished documents from HSE relating to data from Guys Poisons Unit in early 1990s (as mentioned on Countryfile here)


  November 19th a dozen of us met with  farming Minister George Eustice at DEFRA after which he issued a statement saying he recognised acute OP poisoning can have long term effects. He also said he would look at the archives from 1992 to see if compulsory dipping was halted because of health and safety concerns.  


   Jan 2016   HSE release their 1992 dipping survey                          here and here   with our response to it here.

 10th Feb 2016   our request for an EFRA inquiry can be found here.

 Request by PAN for an OP inquiry by the Health Select Committee (chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP) can be found here

 17th March 2016    We have been told by George Eustice that an answer to the question we put  last November is "expected shortly".

From April most use of organophosphae chlorpyrifos now banned

   EFRA's letter to George Eustice and his reply

The Guardian report 18/5 on delay in replying to our questions

  Letter from George Eustice and his summary of meeting Nov '15  

                              Our reply to George Eustice

    14th June 2016  publication of Guys 1992 blood tests  

23rd August 2016 publication of Guys 1993 blood tests

       Aug/Sept Farmers Mart pages 16-19

Sept 2016  Farmer Weekly on Guys results

Oct 2016    Northern Farmer front page and editorial

Nov 2016   Our call for EFRA inquiry in FW and FG

Dec 2016    Answers to EFRA's questions here and in FW

Jan 2017    Sadly the year did not start well with the deaths  of  Elizabeth Sigmund, Rod Knight and Brenda Sutcliffe,      (obituaries to follow). We met with United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances, Baskut Tuncak , who later said he was troubled to learn of the lack of support available to those affected by compulsory dipping, more here.

Feb 2017   With regret we have also been informed of  the death of Neil Ryder who has done so much to help.

April 2017 esitorial in Northern Farmer

May 2017  letter from DEFRA

    good piece on Radio 4 from Jane Little while still available here.    1


   with great sadness we have to report Margaret Percival, the founder of the Sheep Dip Sufferers Support Group,  passed away on March 20th. Her funeral was held at Ellenbrook church, Worsley on April 9th

  Book of the year award goes to Marie-Elsa Bragg for  'Towards Mellbreak', a novel about four generations of sheep farmers in Cumbria.

[spoiler alert: it is revealed at the end that their health problems were caused by OPs]    review at