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2018, September: Sustain co-hosts fringe event at Labour Party conference

Sustain co-hosted a fringe event at the Labour Party conference, September 2018

Sustain co-hosted a fringe event at the Labour Party conference, September 2018

Sustain worked with SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign - and Wildlife & Countryside link (including WWT, RSPB, Woodland Trust, RSPCA and National Trust) to host an event at the Labour Party Conference, 25 September 2018, in Liverpool. 


Speakers included:


  • Chair – Jake Sumner, Co-Chair SERA & Martin Spray CBE, CEO, WWT
  • Barry Gardiner MP - Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for International Climate Change
  • Vicki Hird – Campaign Coordinator on Sustainable Farming Policy at Sustain
  • Richard Hebditch – Director of Government Affairs, National Trust
  • David Bowles – Head of Public Affairs at RSPCA
  • James Cooper – Head of Government Affairs at Woodland Trust
  • Humphrey Lloyd - Land Workers Alliance

As the UK edges closer to leaving the EU huge uncertainties lie ahead for the agriculture sector. Britain’s established policies on animal welfare, nature and conservation, public access to the countryside, public health, supply chains and workers’ rights are being ripped up with Brexit and will be replaced with the Conservative government’s Agriculture Bill.

This event assessed the major challenges facing agriculture in the UK today, and consider what sort of future for farming that the Labour Party should be fighting for.

Brexit: We stand at a cross-roads. When the UK leaves the European Union, will our leaders uphold good standards for our food, farming, fishing and trade deals? And will they agree a sensible deal with the EU? We need to make sure that they do!

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