NFU Scotland plans to ramp up its political presence

Clare Slipper

NFU Scotland (NFUS) has revealed plans to attend all Scottish political party conferences this year.

The union says it will use conference fringe events to get across the importance of the farming, food and drink sectors to Scotland.

First up is an event at the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Aberdeen on Friday, followed by a similar event at the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee on Friday, March 9.

NFUS then plans to take exhibition space at the Scottish Green conference in Greenock on March 17, and to attend the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aviemore on April 20, and the SNP conference in Aberdeen on June 8.

“As we continue to ramp up our political engagement in Holyrood and Westminster, our presence at these conferences is vital in developing relationships not just with parliamentarians from across the country, but also members of the political parties who ultimately are the consumers of the Scottish produce which NFU Scotland members work hard to deliver,” said NFUS political affairs manager, Clare Slipper.

“In 2018, Scotland will legislate on a Good Food Nation whilst also considering a new system of post-Brexit agricultural support.

“It is vital that the development of these policies complements each other and works for the good of Scottish food production. Having a strong presence at the Scottish spring party conferences will allow us to engage with many of Scotland’s key decision-makers on these significant developments.”