MPs from across Yorkshire and the North East have joined the NFU in Westminster on Wednesday 12 September to celebrate British farming and show their support for the sector on Back British Farming Day.
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 was made from British wheat and wool to symbolise the importance of food and farming in Britain.
12 MPs from across the region attended the breakfast reception and showed their support for the farming industry.
NFU North East regional director Adam Bedford 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 part of the region – filling our plates with a plentiful supply of delicious food and maintaining the beautiful countryside we all enjoy.
“As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, it is crucial that MPs not only show their support on Back British Farming Day but in their decision-making over the next few months and beyond our departure from the EU.”
The MPs in attendance were:
- Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP – Berwick-upon-Tweed
- Chi Onwurah MP – Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central
- Liz Twist MP - Blaydon
- Alex Cunningham MP – Stockton North
- Simon Clarke MP – Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland
- Rishi Sunak MP – Richmond (Yorkshire)
- Kevin Hollinrake MP – Thirsk and Malton
- Alex Sobel MP – Leeds North West
- Barry Sheerman MP - Huddersfield
- Rachel Maskell MP – York Central
- Tracy Brabin MP – Batley and Spen
- Sir Greg Knight MP – East Yorkshire