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Scarborough and Whitby MP Appointed As Agriculture Minister

Scarborough and Whitby MP Appointed As Agriculture Minister

Published by Karen Liu at 6:42am 6th March 2019. (Updated at 12:05pm 6th March 2019)

The MP for Scarborough and Whitby - Robert Goodwill - will replace George Eustice as agriculture minister.

He stepped down last week over concerns about the possibility of delays to Brexit.

Mr Goodwill - who backed Remain in the EU referendum - previously served as an education minister for Theresa May.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have welcomed the news.

They are the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:

“We would like to welcome Robert Goodwill to the role which comes at a critical time for farming.

As a farmer himself he will be all too aware of the major issues and uncertainties landowners and farmers are currently facing across their businesses, and will have an innate understanding of the vital role they play for society as producers of food and stewards of the countryside.

This can only be a positive for our members and the wider farming community.

We know from previous ministerial roles that Robert is willing to listen and engage on the issues that matter and we are looking forward to him continuing the good work of his predecessor and working together to deliver a bright future for the rural economy.”

CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:

“Given the current political uncertainty, we are encouraged that another farmer would fill this role.

We know Robert well in his capacity as an MP for Scarborough and Whitby, and his awareness of farming issues will no doubt stand him in good stead.”

The National Farmers' Union President Minette Batters said:

“I would like to congratulate Robert Goodwill on his appointment as the new Agriculture Minister and I am looking forward to working with him at such a critical time for Britain’s food and farming industry.

I will be seeking a meeting with Mr Goodwill as a matter of priority to discuss the pressing issues currently facing farmers and growers, in particular the impact ongoing Brexit uncertainty is having on farm businesses and the need for Parliament to reach a deal with the EU, avoiding the devastating impacts of a no-deal Brexit.

This is a pivotal time for British farming. The Agriculture Bill currently going through Parliament presents an opportunity to shape agricultural policy for generations to come. I will be stressing to the Minister the importance of having food production at the heart of this new policy, alongside measures to protect and enhance our cherished countryside.

British farmers and growers are ambitious, innovative and up for the challenge of the years ahead. We know that the public take great pride in British food and farming and that is something we have an opportunity to enhance as we move forward.

I look forward to meeting with the Minister at the earliest opportunity.”


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Fileyman, on 6th March 2019 10:45am
At least whilst he is doing this job it will give him less time hopefully to support stupid decisions in the town such as the closure of the post office

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