Paul meets regional NFU reps to discuss farming and the EU.
Paul Brannen, one of the Labour MEPs for the North East met a delegation from the National Farmers' Union at a farm in Northumberland. The NFU County Chairman David Robson talked Paul through the NFU general election manifesto which was launched this week. Paul also met Jack Story, an arable farmer in Stannington to see farming first hand in the region. As a new member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Paul is keen to develop his knowledge of the areas of work covered by the Committee hence this visit forms part of a wider fact finding tour of the region.
The NFU has launched its manifesto this week which supports growth in British farming. Their priorities include: investing for growth; protecting animal and plant health; securing knowledge and technology; building fair, safe and secure food chains; and caring for our countryside. The NFU delegation will talk Paul through their manifesto and discuss the key role played by the European Union in our farming.
Paul Brannen MEP said "I will be out and about in the region making sure that people feel connected to the EU. It's really important to see things in person and it allows me to represent the North East region better on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Agriculture is a bigger part of the North East regional economy than many people realise."
NFU County Chairman said "We were so pleased to meet Paul and have the opporuntity to talk him through our priorities for farming in the region. By backing British farming and working together we have a unique opportunity to increase food production by supporting the research, investment and growth.
Jack Story said "It was great to be able to show Paul around my farm and I am sure it will help Paul advocate for the region at a European Level.