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Newmarket: Candidates set out their stall at NFU hustings meeting

08:17 31 January 2014

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National Farmers' Union presidential hopeful Meurig Raymond addresses members at a hustings meeting at Newmarket yesterday

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Nine candidates made their pitch to join the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) national officeholder team at a special hustings meeting at the NFU Regional Office in Newmarket.

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More than 40 members turned up yesterday (Thursday) to listen to candidates standing for vice president, deputy president and president and to quiz them on a wide range of issues.

NFU regional board chairman Michael Sly chaired the meeting. He said: “There are some big challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the months and years ahead.

“This was an opportunity for members to gauge the candidates’ views in areas such as food security, encouraging the next generation into agriculture and building public support for agriculture.”

Each candidate spoke for three minutes, before taking questions from the floor. Among those taking part was Essex farmer Guy Smith, who is standing for the position of vice president.

NFU President Peter Kendall is stepping down after eight years and his position is being contested by current Deputy President Meurig Raymond and Vice President Adam Quinney. The elections will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at a special meeting of NFU Council.

The full list of candidates is:

President – Meurig Raymond, Adam Quinney

Deputy President – Adam Quinney, Minette Batters, Thomas Binns, David Brookes, Rosey Dunn

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

More information about the candidates, and the voting procedure, is available on the NFU website, www.nfuonline.com

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