NFU hustings in east

Farmers from across East Anglia can question contenders for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU)’s top three officeholder positions on Thursday at a hustings event at its regional headquarters.

Candidates for NFU president, deputy president and vice-president are visiting each region to make their case to farmers and growers.

The event takes place at Agriculture House, Newmarket, at 1pm and is open to all NFU farmer and grower members.

NFU regional board chairman Michael Sly said: “There are some big challenges and opportunities for the industry in the months ahead and I would urge fellow farmers to attend the hustings.”

“This will be a chance for members to gauge the candidates’ views in areas such as reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, encouraging the next generation into agriculture and tackling red tape.”

The full list of candidates is president: Peter Kendall; deputy president: Kevin Attwood, Meurig Raymond, Paul Temple; vice-president: Kevin Attwood, Jonathan Brant, Gwyn Jones, Alistair Mackintosh, Adam Quinney, Anthony Rew, Paul Temple.

The elections will be decided at the end of the union’s conference and AGM, in Birmingham, in February. The position of President is uncontested, but there will still be a vote. Peter Kendall will require 75% of the ballot to be re-elected due to the number of terms he has already served.