Vara meets local NFU members

5th January 2018

Shailesh Vara MP recently met with local members of the National Farmers Union. 

The meeting was arranged by local farmer Mr Tom Martin and covered a wide range of topics. Given the current Brexit negotiations, there was considerable discussion on farming issues that would be affected following Britain’s departure from the European Union, especially with regards to the regulation and use of certain pesticides. The meeting also covered the serious problem of fly tipping on private land as well as rural crime generally.

Following the meeting, Mr Vara said: -

“It is always a pleasure to meet with members of the local farming community and to discuss the various issues that concern them.

In view of the European Union’s far reaching influence in the agricultural sector, farmers are rightly concerned about the consequences following our departure from the EU. That is why it is important that farmers’ views are effectively conveyed to DEFRA Ministers, which I will do, to ensure that we get the best possible deal from Brussels.”

Mr Martin added:

“It was a great pleasure to host Shailesh and other local NFU members; Shailesh was knowledgeable and engaging. We discussed a number of issues including Brexit, chemical approvals, and rural crime, with a number of actions agreed. It is great to have a local Member of Parliament who understands the challenges of agriculture and rural communities.”

Photo: Peter Sharpley, Mike Fray, Helen Clarke, Shailesh Vara MP, George Martin, Tom Martin.