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Clare Slipper
Political Affairs Manager
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E:  clare.slipper@nfus.org.uk

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General Election 2019 - NFU Scotland’s priorities for the General Election in 2019

Three years of stagnation since the outcome of the 2016 EU referendum have been seriously damaging to the confidence of Scottish agricultural businesses. Our survey in June 2019 identified that almost half of NFU Scotland members have experienced negative business impacts since 2016, with many putting off new investments and expansion or taking on new staff.

This election will undoubtedly be about Brexit. But as well as sorting out Brexit in the interests of Scottish agriculture and the hugely important food and drinks sector it underpins, Scottish farmers and crofters need and expect more from our political representatives if we are to secure a profitable, productive and positive future.

European Election 2019

Elections for the European Parliament will be held in the UK on 23 May 2019. Voters will choose 73 MEPs in 12 multi-member regional constituencies. 6 of these MEPs will be elected to represent Scotland.

Please click here for information on the elections, why they are happening during the Brexit negotiation period, and why they are important.




General Election 2017 - What are the Parties Saying?

The four main parties contesting the General Election have now published their manifestos, setting out what policies they will prioritise if they are elected on Thursday 8 June.

Below, NFU Scotland has summarised the key policies and proposals for agriculture and rural affairs. These are verbatim from the manifesto texts and have not been subject to any analysis by NFU Scotland. In line with Electoral Commission rules and as an apoliticalorganisation, NFU Scotland cannot promote the policies or activities of one political party over another.



General Election 2017 - the 'Brexit Election'

The vote to leave the European Union has thrown the interests of the Scottish agriculture and food and drinks industries into sharp focus. It was not the outcome which the industry expected, nor had prepared for, and NFU Scotland is under no illusion that the negotiation to leave the EU – undoing over 40 years of agricultural policy integration in the process – won’t present significant challenges.

However, there are significant opportunities if UK negotiators can secure a good deal. With Article 50 now in motion, we are determined to look forward and grasp these opportunities, rather than look back and lament the arguments of the referendum campaign.



NFUS Manifesto 2016 Crofting – 12 Point Plan

NFU Scotland has an active Crofting Highlands & Islands Committee and a crofting membership in excess of 750 members. In the run up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections the Committee have drawn up the following 12-Point Plan that has been presented to all the parliamentary candidates. This sets out the key issues that NFU Scotland would like to see delivered to benefit crofters and crofting in the 21stCentury.





Scottish Parliament Election 2016

17 years on from the advent of devolution in Scotland, rural affairs and agricultural policy has become ingrained within Scottish political life.

This election brings agricultural politics into sharp focus, as it comes at an unprecedented time for our industry. Global forces added to the well-versed problems with the delivery of support payments have combined to create a perfect storm.

For the second year in succession, the value of Scotland’s farming output has fallen. That is a sad and worrying statistic that all with an interest in the nation’s food and drink sector need to take heed of.



General Election 2015

Scotland has been through a period of unprecedented change since the last General Election in 2010.

The  referendum  on  independence  in  2014  has  spurred  a  huge  political  awakening  in  Scotland,  and  saw  historic  levels  of  political  engagement.  In  rural  Scotland,  too,  the  hills  were alive with colour as farmers pledged their allegiances to either campaign; and auction marts, community halls and local shows buzzed with debate about Scotland’s future shape.



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