Update: Which candidates are backing British pig farming?

The National Pig Association (NPA) has received more responses to its request for Parliamentary candidates for Thursday’s General Election to back a ‘Fair Deal for British Pig Farmers’

The association sent a copy of its manifesto, which identifies policy priorities across five key areas – post-Brexit trade, labour, support, regulation and pig health and welfare – to as many candidates for the June 8 vote it could reach and to NPA members for them to make the case directly in their constituencies.

The main theme of the manifesto, which can be viewed here, is a call for ‘a fair and balanced
deal for British pig farmers’, as the next Government negotiates the UK’s future outside of the EU.

 

 

The full responses can be viewed on the NPA’s Wall of Fame. A selection of the latest responses can be seen here:

Chris Bramall, Liberal Democrat, Stourbridge

This has really instructed me about the perils facing the pig industry – and potentially other agricultural sectors also – from Brexit.

I am grateful to you for giving me this insight into the problems your members may face, and which certainly need to be addressed, both for the sake of your members and their employees, and for the sake of welfare and environmental standards, which must not be compromised.


Frank Little, Welsh Liberal Democrat, Neath

I certainly support fair treatment for the pig industry and insofar as the matters are not devolved I would pursue this in Westminster.


Wes Hinckes, Labour, Bridgwater and West Somerset

Thank you for sending your manifesto over to me. The NPA manifesto is well thought out, prudent and forward looking.

I am much better informed and even more supportive after reading it.


Dehenna Davison, Conservative, Sedgefeild

Thank you for your email, and for sending on your manifesto, which I was interested to read.

Aside from the fact my partner absolutely adores pigs(!), with a large farming community in Sedgefield, I certainly am backing a fair deal for the pig industry, as I am for the whole farming industry. This is why I invited David Davis to the constituency several weeks ago to give his assurances that farmers would be properly represented in the Brexit negotiations, and I will certainly be fighting to ensure that is the case if I am elected on June 8th.


Bally Singh, Labour, Southam and Kenilworth

I fully support your aims in getting a fair deal for British Pig producers.  Good Luck with your campaign.


 

 

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