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UPDATE: Meet the contenders for the NFU's new top team

NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes and chairman of the New Generation Forum Richard Bower were the latest names in the running for NFU vice-president.

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Meet the contenders for the NFU's new top team

Mr Oakes was also running for NFU deputy president. Livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe was also in the running for the vice-president role.


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Candidates

NFU President

  • Minette Batters
  • Guy Smith

NFU vice-president

  • Michael Oakes
  • Stuart Roberts
  • Charles Sercombe
  • Guy Smith

NFU deputy president

  • Richard Bower
  • Michael Oakes
  • Stuart Roberts
  • Charles Sercombe
  • James Small

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.

 

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.”

 

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.”

 

Mr Sercombe said: “We are in an interesting yet challenging time and we need strong leadership in the sector.

 

“I believe the experience I have gained as livestock chairman with industry leaders, stakeholders and politicians, etc., puts me in a good position going forward.

 

“In the future we have to be open minded and explore all opportunities in what agriculture plays in the UK economy.”

 

 

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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