Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Guy Smith pulls out of race for NFU presidency

06:00 18 January 2014

St Osyth farmer Guy Smith.

St Osyth farmer Guy Smith.

Archant

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.

shares

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.

shares

0 comments

Suffolk police car clocked at 138mph

A Suffolk police car was clocked doing 138mph - nearly three times the speed limit - on the A140 at Coddenham while in pursuit of a suspect, it has emerged.

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu, Nepa. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A team of six Essex firefighters and rescue dog Darcy have been deployed to Nepal to assist with the earthquake recovery operation.

Tom Challis and Julia Carroll just before they left to travel the world in February.

The parents of Julia Carroll, from Boxford, have told how the 22-year-old made contact via Facebook to confirm she was safe after escaping Nepal earthquake.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Shawn Leek is feeling the pain today having run more than 180 miles in the past week - ending with the London Marathon this afternoon.

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society

Thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died during the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign have been commemorated on the centenary of the offensive in Ipswich today.

The Orwell District Scouts St George's Day open air service by the Leisure Centre in Felixstowe on Sunday

Scouts and Guides proudly raised their flags and paraded through Suffolk towns today to mark St George’s Day.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

The Revd Martin Dawes with his model train lay out at Woodbridge Methodist Church during the Toy and Model Train Show.

The pews were transformed into platforms and hymn sheets were discarded in favour of timetables as a church was transformed into a model railway network.

Suffolk Cycle Sportive for St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water.

A charity has reported a rise in the number of women joining their annual Suffolk Sportive cycle event in the wake of the high-profile Women Tour passing through the county.

Fire in Great Yeldham - stock photo

A ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged when fire crews arrived at the scene this afternoon.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages