McCarthy appointed as Shadow Defra Secretary

New Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Kerry McCarthy as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Kerry McCarthy MP_200_270NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “We look forward to working with Kerry McCarthy MP in her new role as shadow Defra Secretary.

“The NFU will be lobbying across the political spectrum on key issues in the farming sector with BPS payments, the agri-growth strategy and the implementation of the 25-year TB eradication plan being just three of them. And we hope to work closely and productively with Ms McCarthy to demonstrate our key asks of present and future Government.

“The food and farming industry employs more than 3.8million people and agriculture contributed nearly £10billion to the economy between 2008 and 2014. These are just two statistics which highlight the importance of backing British farming.

 

NFU President Meurig Raymond“We would like to invite Ms McCarthy to pledge her support to the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign and to attend the NFU fringe event at the Labour Party Conference. We look forward to discussing the development of a national food strategy and the issues raised in Jeremy Corbyn’s recent Rural Renewal report.”

The full list of the NFU manifesto asks for British farming is available here.