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Main Political Parties to Take Part in Hustings in Oban

NFU Scotland is hosting a hustings meeting within Argyll and the Islands region ahead of the General Election in May.

The Union launched its General Election manifesto on 25 March 2015, detailing the key issues the Union would like to see UK politicians acting on now to secure the vibrancy of the Scottish farming industry for the future.

The hustings meeting, due to take place at the Corran Halls, Oban on Monday 27 April at 7pm, is open to everyone with an interest in agriculture who lives and works in the local area and will be an opportunity to put questions to candidates from all the main political parties.

This is part of a series of meetings to be held across the country over the coming weeks.

In particular, NFUS is calling upon the team of politicians who will be elected on May 7 to support Scottish farmers by promoting Scotland’s larder at home and abroad, which will also be key over the next five years. The Union is also calling upon UK politicians to consider a more co-ordinated approach to export promotion and fairness in the supply chain.

The Union urges for the undertaking an urgent review of the UK Government’s decision on CAP convergence monies; as well as looking more closely at what tax levers could be employed to incentivise best practice in land ownership and business investment in Scotland.

Speakers for the evening will be Brendan O’Hara (SNP); Alan Reid (Liberal Democrats); Mary Galbraith (Labour); Alastair Redman (Conservative) and Caroline Santos (UKIP); the Green Party candidate has to be confirmed.

Regional Manager for Argyll and Islands, Lucy Sumsion commented: “The General Election on May 7 is likely to be historic, with a number of new political parties and ideas emerging on to the main stage.

“The event will be a valuable opportunity to put questions to the panel on many of the key issues currently facing Scottish farmers – how we can promote Scotland’s fantastic produce at home and abroad, Scotland’s future in the EU, and indeed in the UK.

“Following the fantastic engagement of the rural community in last year’s referendum on independence, NFUS urges all members and those living and working in rural Scotland to use this opportunity to quiz candidates on what their vision is for the future of our sector.”

Note to editors

  • For media who would like to attend the hustings, or for a copy of our Manifesto for Rural Scotland contact ruth.mcclean@nfus.org.uk or call 0131 472 4108.
  • For NFU Scotland members who would like to attend contact clare.slipper@nfus.org.uk or 0131 472 4182. All meetings take place at 7pm for a 7.30pm start:

Monday 27 April - Corran Halls, The Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AB
Wednesday 29 April- Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 3JT
Thursday 30 April - Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0DZ

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Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108
 

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News Article No.: 75/14


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