Farmers have their say on Truss-Sunak as NFU requires hustings – Farmers

The NFU is urging Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to attend a hustings the place farmers can assess the pair’s pledges to again British farming, because the management hopefuls compete for the help of Conservative Celebration members in a bid to turn out to be the subsequent prime minister.

Each Ms Truss and Mr Sunak have set out their commitments to British farming, and the NFU needs the chance for farmers to look at and query the plans in additional element.

See additionally: Truss and Sunak set out their plans for farming

Supply of poll papers to Conservative Celebration members to vote for the subsequent prime minister has been delayed this week following safety issues a couple of hacking threat to on-line voting get together members.

Farmers spoke to some farmers who will ultimately have their say within the management vote, to search out out who they’re backing and why.

Cheshire dairy farmer Phil Latham says he’ll vote for Mr Sunak based mostly on a strategy of elimination, as a result of he can’t belief Ms Truss following the Australia commerce deal, which was not scrutinised in parliament.

“The proof doesn’t look good that she’s obtained our pursuits at coronary heart. She seems to be like somebody with imposter syndrome each time she stands up,” he mentioned.

“Sadly there’s not quite a lot of belief. We negotiated the power to have scrutiny of the offers, which gave the NFU and farmers some consolation that we wouldn’t do offers that might export our productive capability abroad, and on the very first alternative that has all been forgotten.”

Mr Latham mentioned each of the candidates should “earn their stripes when it comes to belief and rebuild one thing on the idea of proof, not on the idea of what they are saying”.


Berkshire farmer and Conservative voter Colin Rayner attended hustings occasions final weekend, the place he quizzed each chief hopefuls about farming.

Mr Rayner mentioned he could be voting for Ms Truss, believing she was trustworthy and had a greater understanding of agriculture. “I want Liz the very best of luck and the federal government now must get on with governing the nation,” he mentioned.

Mr Rayner believed Mr Sunak had “stabbed Boris Johnson within the again” and couldn’t be trusted.

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The management contest has triggered a lot debate among the many wider farming group, and Farmers additionally spoke to farmers with out a vote on the Tory management, to search out out who they assume would make a greater prime minister.

Andrew Henshaw, farmer and co-owner of Mainsgill farm store in Mr Sunak’s Richmond constituency in North Yorkshire, says he helps Mr Sunak.

Mr Henshaw praised his work as chancellor throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and the way he plans to assist the UK get better.

“He saved lots of people with a roof over their head. He speaks as it’s. There isn’t a good making an attempt to child folks, we’ve got gone by the large spend by Covid, you may’t preserve borrowing cash,” Mr Henshaw mentioned.

Mr Sunak has visited the farm store, the place Mr Henshaw sells beef, lamb and pork produced on his farm.

“He’s very a lot supportive, he expressed his curiosity. He’s very a lot concerned and desires to be concerned, ensuring everyone seems to be comfortable,” Mr Henshaw added.

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Devon livestock farmer Andrew Gale hosted Liz Truss on his farm close to Teigngrace, Newton Abbot on Monday 1 August.

“She’s the one one of many two who has requested to return to my farm. I feel the tide hopefully has turned,” he mentioned.

“I feel she understands [the pressure on farmers]. I mentioned, as farmers, we aren’t afraid to work, however we’ve obtained to be paid a good worth for what we produce.”

Snap ballot

A snap ballot on Twitter, shared primarily amongst farmers, urged a transparent choice for Rishi Sunak as the subsequent prime minister, although many commented that neither candidate was appropriate for the job.

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