Standing up for Farmers

Farming is vital to our rural economy and communities. From the Upper Dales to Great Ayton, from sheep to dairy to arable, through Auction Marts at Hawes, Leyburn and Northallerton, farming touches every part of the constituency.

Through visiting farms and auction marts and speaking with dozens of farmers, I work hard to understand the issues facing the farming community today.

Food labeling standards should be stricter – when shoppers want to “Buy British” they should “Get British”. I will also support efforts to encourage businesses to source locally - this would be beneficial for local farmers.

Also, I will do everything I can to help our farmers can capitalise on the great opportunities ahead having left the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy.  As global food consumption rises, efficient and competitive farms can grow and export around the world.  Farming is already a great British industry and I will ensure it has every opportunity to flourish in the years ahead.