Former NFU President honoured with peerage

05 July 2024

NFU President Minette Batters

Former NFU President Minette Batters has been nominated for a life peerage following the dissolution of parliament.

Minette served as an NFU officeholder for ten years, after being made Deputy President in 2014 and then President in 2018 until she stepped down in February 2024.

Minette has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chair, serving as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chair for the South West.

She was made a Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2021 and will now be made a Baroness following her nomination.

Minette follows former NFU President Lord Henry Plumb, who was made a life peer in 1987, serving in the Lords until 2017. 

‘A tenacious campaigner’

Responding to the news, NFU President Tom Bradshaw said: “I would also like to offer, on behalf of the whole NFU family, my huge congratulations to our former President, Minette Batters, who will shortly be appointed as a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

“I know she will continue to be a tenacious campaigner for our sector from the red benches.”

Minette will sit as a crossbench peer, after she has been sworn into the House of Lords.

Crossbench peers are non-party political and, by tradition, sit on the benches that cross the chamber of the House of Lords.

You can read more about the dissolution peerages at: GOV.UK | Dissolution Peerages 2024.

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