MP pledges to Back British Farming
ROSIE Cooper recognised the vital contribution that North West farmers have made to the economy, the countryside and food production by pledging to ‘Back British Farming’ at an event in Westminster.
Farming in the North West contributes an estimated £684m to the economy and provides 33,163 jobs.
This is in addition to the safe, affordable food that farmers produce and their work in maintaining the British countryside. Farming also supports the work of other industries, such as vets, solicitors, surveyors and feed merchants.
The event in Westminster was organised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) as a rallying call to MPs to support farming during a particularly crucial period for British farmers in the light of the Brexit negotiations.
The West Lancs MP said: “There are so many worthy reasons to support British farmers, they are responsible for securing our fantastic British food supply, looking after our world-renowned countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy. That is why I am proud to wear the NFU’s Back British Farming pin badge in Parliament.
“As one of the sectors that could be affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, it is critical that as politicians we create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide the safe and affordable food that the public trust and demand.”