Farming Minister Robert Goodwill has issued a plea to potential new Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to keep his job after the Tory leadership election is over.
Yorkshire farmer Mr Goodwill said industry reaction to his appointment had been positive because of his background, and he wanted to continue the work he had started since being appointed in March.
The Minister made the comments during Farmers Guardian’s latest Ploughing Through Brexit podcast, when he was asked whether he was concerned that a recent Countryside Alliance survey showed only 30 per cent of rural people thought the Tories understood the countryside.
“It is of some concern if the survey has thrown up that result,” he said.
“When I was appointed, there was a very wide welcome from the agricultural community, and unlike maybe in some previous Government departments, I was described as a round peg in a round hole.
“A lot of the issues coming to me, particularly in connection with things like environmental land management or control of bovine TB, these are not things which are alien to me, because I have been farming my whole life, as has my father and my grandfather and my great grandfather.
“Whether we have Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson, I hope I will be allowed to continue in this job to continue to use my insight and experience and knowledge of the agricultural industry to make sure the policies we deliver are policies which understand the realities of farming, not only in our part of North Yorkshire, but right across the country where farming is very different.”