South West MEP, Julie Girling, has been selected as the Conservative’s spokesperson on Agriculture in the European Parliament.
Following confirmation of the news, Julie said: “Many people know of my longstanding interest in agriculture and the work I have been doing in the South West.
“Not only do I now speak on behalf of the South West, but I am fighting the UK’s corner to ensure a fair deal for farmers, consumers, taxpayers and the environment. This means being pro-active and engaged with both the UK Government and the EU, negotiating when necessary and working with colleagues such as Jim Paice MP and Neil Parish MP to get the best out of Europe for the UK.
“In a region like the South West it is vital that rural communities are supported – agriculture is the bedrock of the economy and a major contributor to our beautiful landscape. At present the biggest and most important issue we are dealing with is the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
“I take the view that the CAP should increase the competitiveness of EU agriculture, improve productivity and protect the natural environment. It is my job to make sure British farmers are not disadvantaged by European rules and regulations.”
Meurig Raymond, deputy president of the NFU, welcomed the news, saying: “I have worked closely with Julie over many years on agricultural and rural affairs issues.
“This is an important appointment particularly with CAP reform at the top of the European Parliament’s agenda, and I look forward to continuing to work with Julie in the months ahead.”
(from a press release)