Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

British Farming Awards

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

Agriculture a key battleground in Scottish parliamentary elections

In the run up to the parliamentary elections, NFUS said rural issues must be kept at the forefront in order to secure votes.

Olivia   Midgley

Twitter Facebook
Olivia   Midgley
Twitter Facebook
Farmers and crofters wanted to hear what parties can deliver for the food and farming sectors
Farmers and crofters wanted to hear what parties can deliver for the food and farming sectors

Rural issues must be kept ‘front and centre’ as politicians battle it out for votes in the run up Scottish Parliamentary elections on May 5, farm chiefs have said.


NFU Scotland said that while rural issues were at the heart of a healthy and vibrant Scotland, recent televised debates involving party leaders had failed to explore countryside matters.


NFUS parliamentary officer Clare Slipper said farmers and crofters wanted to hear what parties would deliver for the country’s food and farming sectors, the environment and the wider rural economy.


She added 67,000 people were directly employed in Scottish farming with a further 360,000 people employed in the Scottish food and drink sector.


“This makes the countryside an important battleground in this election,” Ms Slipper said.

 

Hustings event 

Those who live and work in Scotland’s countryside will be given the opportunity to quiz the nation’s parliamentary parties in a national hustings being staged in the MacRobert Pavilion, the Royal Highland Centre, near Edinburgh on Thursday April 7 at 7pm.


The event, supported by 17 rural stakeholders, will feature (in alphabetical order) Sarah Boyack (Scottish Labour); Peter Chapman (Scottish Conservatives); Richard Lochhead (SNP) and Willie Rennie (Scottish Liberal Democrats).


Scottish Greens have yet to confirm who will be attending.


The event will be chaired by Ken Rundle of SRUC.

Twitter Facebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS