Farmers to Sway General Election?

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As a farmer, it appears that the three main political groups are out to get your vote.

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have all recently released their manifestos including a multitude of pledges which will affect farmers across the country. One thing that all three agree on is that Brexit will have a massive impact upon farming businesses.

The Conservatives say they have “huge ambitions for the farming industry. We are determined to grow more, sell more and export more great British food”.

Labour feel that they are the only party that will “prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for farming, fishing and food industries”.

The Liberal Democrats highlight the importance of a strong deal by suggesting that a bad Brexit deal will “turn Britain into a regressive, isolated and inconsequential nation.”

With just over two weeks until Britain will take to the polls, which of the parties will be best equipped to take the country through Brexit with the strongest deals in place remains to be seen. However with them all fighting for your vote, farmers may yet have a big say in the outcome of the general election on 8 June.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

The General Election: What Will It Mean For Farmers?

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Following the announcement by Theresa May that there will be a general election in June, industry leaders in the food and farming sectors have called for all political parties to put agriculture at the fore-front of their policies.

The Food and Drink Federation in particular are asking all concerned to make clear their vision for food and farming post-Brexit.  It is important, says the Federation, that any future Government is focused on promoting growth and support in the agricultural sector, delivering a good deal for farmers to be competitive enough to make a substantial contribution to the UK economy.  With international relationships currently under immense pressure, now is the time for the country to look at how we can become more self-sufficient, particularly when it comes to feeding the population.

The Tenant Farmers Association have also delivered a list of priorities which they believe are crucial to ensure our farming industry flourishes as it should.  They include reducing the country’s reliance on imports, highlighting animal welfare and consumer safety and confidence, help with price volatility and long-term security for tenant farmers.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.