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Friday 19 October 2018

Ali attacks Tesco over protest snub

Martha Kearns

TESCO is still refusing to stock postcards calling for the closure of Sellafield, despite criticism from Bono's wife Ali Hewson yesterday.

The Stop Sellafield campaign fronted by Ms Hewson has already been forced to scrap a ?200,000 TV and radio advertising campaign, which included celebrities Ronan Keating and Samantha Mumba, because of rules on political advertising. And yesterday a spokesperson for Tesco reiterated its stance saying it was the group's policy not to facilitate political pressure groups fundraising or campaigning in its stores.

The supermarket giant was reacting to Ms Hewson's comments that it was a "pity" and a "shame" that it was refusing to stock the postcards which are addressed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles and Norman Askew, chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL).

The pre-paid postcards, which are available in rival supermarkets Superquinn and Dunnes Stores, are to be posted out to every household. And the plan is that people will post them off to arrive on the 16th anniversary of Chernobyl on April 26.

"Tesco have refused and they've refused based on the fact that they say it's a pressure group, which it's not. I don't know how you can call a whole nation a pressure group, but that's their basis for refusing," she said on RTE's Liveline yesterday.

"We consider it to be a health or environmental issue, not political at all."

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