ESTHER McVey has hailed going green as good for business after seeing first hand the environmental initiatives at Sheldon’s Dairy in Knutsford.

The Tatton MP visited the dairy on Friday, even taking the chance to drive a milk float.

Sheldon’s offers recyclable glass milk bottle delivery – as well as fresh food and newspapers – to thousands of homes in and around Knutsford.

Ms McVey is now encouraging other businesses to follow suit, saying she will be telling colleagues in Westminster about the visit.

She said: “Sheldon’s are introducing a wide range of environmental measures including electric milk floats, using more glass reusable milk bottles and generating their own energy from solar panels while also raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.

“It is a gem of a business and we are lucky to have it but others should learn from it and replicate the good work.”

The business was founded by David and Pam Sheldon in 1965 and is now run by their sons Chris and John Sheldon and son-in-law Steve Edwards.

Ms McVey said: “It has always been about much more than your daily pint, it is part of the fabric of the community and keeping a look out for one another. It is such a community-focused business and a credit to the family.”