Conservative MEPs sign up for British farmers

16-Jul-2014 @ 17:0

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Agriculture spokesman Richard Ashworth was among Conservative MEPs who today put their names to a charter pledging support for British farming.

 

He signed a five-point pledge committing support for UK agriculture and backing British growers in producing healthy, sustainable food.

 

The pledge called for fair contracts, sustainable growth, balanced trade deals with other countries, a central place for science in agricultural decision-making, and a simpler, more-equitable Common Agricultural Policy.

 

The Conservative MEP for South East England signed up to the pledge at an event organised in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by the four farming unions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He was thanked for his support by the President of the National Farmers' Union Meurig Raymond.

 

Mr Ashworth said:  "Farming is central to the economy, health and wellbeing of the whole country and if we fail to support farmers we fail to support ourselves.  The pledge sets out a clear vision of a fair deal for farming that should reassure consumers while securing a viable future for agriculture.

 

"I was delighted to be asked to lend my support and I shall continue to ensure that the voices of British farmers are heard here in Strasbourg and in Brussels."

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