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Essex: Guy Smith pulls out of race for NFU presidency

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 January 2014

St Osyth farmer Guy Smith.

St Osyth farmer Guy Smith.

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St Osyth farmer Guy Smith has pulled out of the race for president of the National Farmers’ Union at elections next month, opting to run for vice president instead.

His reason for running had been to ensure there was an election and that favourite Meurig Raymond, now deputy, had a challenger, he said. When vice president Adam Quinney decided to run, it sparked the process. Mr Smith said he wanted to focus now on the potentially more winnable vice-presidency.

“Technically I never took up the nomination for president from my county annual general meeting but instead I have taken up the nomination for vice president from the regional board,” he said.

The nominees have been confirmed for the NFU officeholder elections 2014 to 2016 as:

President: Adam Quinney and Meurig Raymond

Deputy President: Minette Batters, Thomas Binns, David Brookes, Rosey Dunn and Adam Quinney.

Vice President: Minette Batters, Thomas Binns, Jonathan Brant, David Brookes, Rosey Dunn, Robert Lasseter and Guy Smith

The nominees will now travel around the country to every NFU region to take part in hustings.

The elections will take place at the NFU AGM on February 26. Results will be posted on NFU Online as soon as they come out.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Body positivity is a term that is bandied about a lot at the moment and that can make it sound flippant, unimportant and self indulgent, writes Kate Dickinson.

Major traffic disruption and storm damage is being reported across the region today as gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in Suffolk and north Essex.

An MP has told parliament 20 people died in instances when ambulances arrived late to emergencies in East Anglia during a spell of intense pressure over the Christmas period.

A teacher training scheme in Colchester which works with dozens of schools in the area has been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

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