MPs supporting our farmers

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MPs from the South East joined the NFU in Westminster to show their support for agriculture on Back British Farming Day (September 12).

Politicians collected a Back British Farming pin badge which they wore during the day in recognition of the crucial role farmers play in feeding the nation and caring for the countryside.

The pin badge is made from British wheat and wool to symbolise the importance of food and farming in Britain.

MPs from across the South East donned the wheat-and-wool pin badge and also 12 from the region attended the NFU breakfast reception, demonstrating their support for the farming industry.

NFU South East Regional Director William White said: “It is more important than ever that politicians recognise the value of food and farming to the nation, which is worth over £110 billion to the economy and employs 3.8 million people.

“Farming is an invaluable business sector within the region, putting quality food on our plates and maintaining the beautiful countryside we all enjoy.

“Agriculture is one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Therefore it is crucial that MPs not only show their support for our industry on Back British Farming Day but in their decision-making over the next few months during the passage of the Agriculture Bill, and beyond our departure from the EU.”

Isobel Bretherton

NFU South East Region, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire