GOVERNMENT minister Hilary Benn is coming to Huddersfield.

Mr Benn, who is minister for international development, will speak at a public meeting to discuss overseas aid.

He has been invited by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford to address the meeting.

It takes place at 7pm on Friday at Huddersfield University's Firth Street Building.

It follows the launch of a new campaign to channel European cash to help African farmers.

Mr Sheerman is part of an all-party group of MPs aiming to raise a massive petition for action to divert subsidies being paid to the richest 5% of farmers under the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy.

Switching the subsidies would mean £5bn of European money for people living with Aids in Africa.

Mr Sheerman said the meeting would also raise issues about fair trade for producers in Africa as well as aid for development.

"I have received many letters about trade justice and international development," said Mr Sheerman.

"Clearly, this is an issue that people in Huddersfield care about and I am keen to give them the opportunity to raise their concerns with the Secretary of State.

"I expect a high level of interest."

People planning to attend the meeting should contact Mr Sheerman's Westminster office on 0207 2195037.