New parliamentary group hears fruit and veg growers' concerns

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fruit and Vegetable Farming has been formed, with Faversham & Mid Kent MP Helen Whately elected as chair.

Baroness Byford, Helen Grant MP, Ali Capper, Helen Whately MP, Matt Warman MP - image: Helen Whately
Baroness Byford, Helen Grant MP, Ali Capper, Helen Whately MP, Matt Warman MP - image: Helen Whately

The group brings together MPs and peers with an interest in the industry, and is intended to promote the voice of local farmers and consumers in Parliament.

Its inaugural meeting was held in the Palace of Westminster on 31 October, and was attended by members of both Houses, who heard NFU Horticulture & Potatoes Board chair Ali Capper outline the challenges currently facing growers.

Whately said: "Ever since I was first elected as an MP [in May 2015] I have wanted to set up this group. Fruit and vegetable growers do face a unique set of challenges, and I am keen to make sure these are represented in Parliament."

The Group will campaign on the priorities of the fruit and vegetable industry after Brexit, including making sure that Britain remains a welcoming place for seasonal workers, reducing the bureaucracy involved in employing seasonal workers and ensuring that farmers continue to be supported for protecting the environment.


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