Meet the election candidates backing the British pig industry

The National Pig Association (NPA) has launched a ‘Wall of Fame’ highlighting the Parliamentary candidates who are backing 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 General Election 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.

It has received a number of responses from candidates showing their support for the sector. A selection of response can be seen here.

Stephen Crosher – Lib Dems, Holborn & St Pancreas

“I would support trade agreements that recognise the UK’s world leading standards, whatever the outcome of Brexit.  I would support your requirement to access the necessary labour to ensure you industry thrives. Though as restricting freedom of movement and access to the single market are incompatible, as we have been informed many times, I fear for the ability of industries such as yours to access EU markets for Labour and exports. I would also support the maintenance of the highest standards including in regulation and welfare.”

Neil Fairlam – Conservative, Dwyfor Meirionnydd

“Thank-you very much. Pigs are my favourite animal and my sister has splendid Berkshires on her farm. Happy to support you.”

Stephen Priestley – UKIP – Folkestone and Hythe Constituency

“I am very much a ‘hands-on’ type parliamentary candidate, that wants to support people and businesses to the hilt, especially to ensure that Brexit culminates in ultimately benefitting the UK, both at home, and in relation to its long history of maintaining a positive position in the world. You have my full and unequivocal support.”

Jeremy Lefroy – Conservative, Stafford

“Thank you very much for this manifesto which is very helpful. I will certainly, if re-elected, do my best to support the pig industry in Parliament.”

To see, more responses, including a Labour candidate with concerns, about animal welfare, the NPA’s Wall of Fame, which will be updated as new responses come in, can be viewed here.


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