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Meet the contenders for the NFU's new top team

Current deputy president Minette Batters and vice-president Guy Smith have both confirmed their intentions to stand for NFU president at the union’s election in February.



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Meet the contenders for the NFU's new top team

The new president will succeed Meurig Raymond, who announced he would be stepping down last week.

 

Mr Smith received his nomination for president at his Essex branch AGM on Wednesday (November 1).

 

He was also nominated for the position of deputy president.

 

He said: “I am very honoured to be nominated for both president and deputy president by my own county and colleagues in Cambridgeshire.

 

“But the election is not until February. I look forward to meeting and seeing NFU members at the hustings in January with the rest of the candidates, but until that point I have lots more to think about.”


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Wiltshire farmer Mrs Batters said she was ‘honoured’ to have received her nomination for president from Cambridgeshire, but added it was ‘a bit early’ to start campaigning.

 

Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts will stand for the vice-president position.

 

He said: “For some time I have made no secret of my willingness to stand in 2018 for an NFU officeholder position.

“I am delighted to have been nominated for vice-president by colleagues in Cambridgeshire and I look forward to talking to members over the coming weeks and months about what I feel I could bring to a strong officeholder team.”

 

 

Other members will be expected to put their names forward in the run-up to Christmas.

 

Official hustings will take place in the last week of January, just weeks before the election at the NFU’s annual conference in February.

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