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Clare Slipper
Political Affairs Manager
T:   0131 472 4182
M:  07780 607225
E:  clare.slipper@nfus.org.uk

follow Clare on Twitter at @NFUSParliament


 
Keen to get an overview of what issues are currently live politically? Read NFU Scotland’s monthly key political issues briefing, so you can stay informed of what issues to lobby your politicians on. Read our handy briefings here.

Did you know?

You are represented by…

  • 8 members of the Scottish Parliament – 1 constituency MSP, and 7 regional MSPs
  • 1 MP in the House of Commons
  • 6 MEPs who cover the whole of Scotland
  • At least 3 local councillors

Over the years NFU Scotland has been proud to enjoy very strong links with parliamentarians, particularly those in the rural constituencies – some of whom have been NFU Scotland members themselves.

Since the 2016 EU referendum, the Union’s engagement with politicians has accelerated exponentially, with your office holders and staff in and out of the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments on a weekly basis pushing your interests directly with parliamentarians and governments.

The strength of NFU Scotland is key to pushing issues along and getting ‘wins’ when it comes to changes in policy. However, the work of NFU Scotland in building these relationships can only ever be as good as the time that our members invest in lobbying their local parliamentarians on the issues that matter to them.

In other words, unless a politician hears directly from their constituents on why an issue is important, they are far less likely to take action to address it.

It’s not just the big political topics such as Brexit that are important to keep your politicians engaged on. Your MSPs and MPs are there to support you on local issues too, or advise on issues which might be concerning you.

Are you worried about some new agendas that are getting attention in the media, such as Veganism? Do you want to highlight the extremely high animal health and welfare standards we are proud to work to in Scotland? Write to your MP and MSP and tell your side of the story.
 
Perhaps you are doing something new or pioneering on your farm, which your representatives should be aware of? Or is there a regulation which is holding you back from growing your business?
Invite your representatives to your farm to see and hear more about what you do. Most parliamentarians are very keen to learn about the industry and to spend time on-farm – and the best way for them to represent you is if they are speaking from a position of knowledge and experience.

Contact your representatives

  • Find out who your local representatives are, and how to contact them, by visiting https://www.theyworkforyou.com and entering your postcode
  • Throughout the year, NFU Scotland holds roundtable meetings with local politicians out in the regions to discuss local and national issues. If you’re interested in attending one of these events, get in touch with your Regional Manager
  • MSPs and MPs hold ‘surgeries’ in their constituencies on a regular basis. Contact your local representatives or visit their website to find out when and where your local surgery will be held

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