Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

St Osyth: Farmer Guy Smith throws hat in ring for presidency of National Farmers’ Union

15:22 13 November 2013

St Osyth Farmer Guy Smith has put his name forward for the NFU presidency

St Osyth Farmer Guy Smith has put his name forward for the NFU presidency

Archant

An Essex farmer has thrown his hat in the ring for the presidency of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

shares

Guy Smith of St Osyth is set to challenge Welshman Meurig Raymond, who is currently deputy president, for the top spot when Peter Kendall steps down next year.

Mr Smith, who has been NFU county delegate for the past 10 years and chairman of the communications committee for eight, accepted a nomination by his county branch on Monday.

He is the first candidate to confirm he will stand against Mr Raymond, who announced last month he would run for president after eight years as deputy.

Mr Smith pointed out that the last few elections had been one candidate affairs, and said he was keen for the NFU to use elections to discuss policy.

“I’m very proud to have been nominated by my county for the positions of NFU president and deputy president,” he said.

“In running for the Presidency my first concern is to ensure there is more than one candidate for the post. Meurig Raymond is an old friend but I suspect he would agree that ‘one candidate’ elections do not make for good democracy. Office holder elections should be times of keen policy discussion within the NFU and you don’t get that with North Korean style single candidate ballots. I want to make sure people have choice. The presidency of the NFU is a very important role that should be decided by contest not through ‘ buggins turn’. If putting my hat in the ring encourages others to do the same then even better.

“Having said that I’m keen to give both posts my best shot. If I had one urgent and immediate policy goal it would simply to make sure we ask the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at every turn ‘ what impact would this proposal have on UK farm production?’. It is a question that is not asked enough and it is how we have sleep walked into declining food security in this country over the last 30 years.”

Mr Smith, 54, whose children are aged 17, 21 and 23, said he was in a position where he could afford to devote the time to the job.

The presidency was “most ambitious thing” that farmers aspired to, he said.

“I’ll give this my best shot and I’m confident I can do the job,” he added.

shares

0 comments

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

Only half of those responding to an online survey about Sudbury have visited historic market town’s key tourist attraction, figures have revealed.

West Suffolk College Achievement Awards at Bury Cathedral. West Suffolk College Principle Dr Nikos Savvas.

Challenges in life and daunting efforts against adversity were recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

View of Alton Water taken from near Lemons Hill Bridge at Tattingstone. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

A body pulled from the water at Tattingstone last night has been identified by police as a 22-year-old man from the Ipswich area.

Police

A 20-year-old woman was walking along Hardy Court at approximately 2.30pm on Tuesday June 30 pushing a pram with a child.

Crowds of people head to the beach at Felixstowe to enjoy the scorching temperatures.
Ken Webb,Livia Button and Sandra Webb celebrating the hot weather.

Temperatures as high as 28 degrees have already been recorded in both counties, with Suffolk predicted to peak at 31.

Kier are responsible for making sure roadworks do not over-run

Highways contractor Kier MG is continuing to miss almost half its performance targets set by the council – and there is no sign of any improvement in the most recent figures.

Abellio Greater Anglia

London Liverpool Street services have been affected, with some trains unable to stop at or leave Colchester.

Josh Kelley prepares a memorial for a new plaque dedicated to the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a deactivated fighter squadron, based on Royal Air Force Lakenheath Kelley replaced the previous plaque, placed in 1991.

An American teenager has restored a memorial to RAF Lakenheath airmen who served and died in operations in Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Mara Stefanova and Shaun Wolton serving at the festival last year.

The Festival of Beer and Brewing is coming to Stowmarket this month, featuring more than 80 real ales and ciders.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages