MPs support back British Farmers Day
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan joined a host of colleagues in Westminster to celebrate this year's Back British Farming Day.
Those showing their support for the National Farmers’ Union initiative put their name to a 10-point pledge designed to ensure that post-Brexit a productive, proﬁtable and progressive farming sector is able to continue making a significant contribution to the rural economy.
The pledge focuses on the importance of food security and maintaining the high production standards for which British farmers are renowned.
It also urges MPs to ensure the industry is able to secure reliable and competent workers, and reinforce farmers’ role in managing and protecting the environment.
Looking ahead, it highlights the need to maintain the best possible access to existing trading relationships inside the EU and further afield, and it calls for policies to be science and evidence-based.
Throughout the day, local MPs and Peers representing rural areas and inner-city constituencies wore special handmade wheat and wool lapel badges.
These could also be seen during the televised coverage of Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
Regional director for the NFU in Yorkshire and the North East Adam Bedford said: “Back British Farming Day provided us with the perfect opportunity to talk to MPs across the political parties to try to ensure that any decisions taken in Parliament reflect the strategic importance of the British food and farming sector.
“The challenge is to demonstrate the value of farming and the wider agrifood sector to MPs charged with making key decisions that will affect the fortunes of local businesses as we progress with Brexit negotiations. We must ensure that farming in this country has a thriving future outside of the EU.
“We are delighted to have had the chance to meet so many of our regional MPs and Peers in Westminster last week and hope to have the opportunity to work more closely with them in the coming months, showcasing what a wonderful industry we have and how they can help ensure a vibrant future for a wide range of businesses that together create jobs and wealth for our region.”