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Will Labour rise to the farming challenge?

What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.


Where - The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship St, Brighton*

When - Sunday 24 September, 12:45 – 14:00

At this key lunchtime event we will be debating the future for farming where NGOs and farmers will be challenging Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs on what Labour should be fighting for to deliver better food and farming policy. Speakers include 

• Sue Hayman MP - Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs

• Jane Merrick (Chair) - Co-Editor of the Spoon, political journalist and allotment blogger

• Local farmer TBA 

• Jake Sumner - Co-Chair, SERA

• Vicki Hird - Farm Campaign Coordinator, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

• Belinda Gordon - Head of Government and Rural Affairs, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

• Richard Benwell - Head of Government Affairs, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

From the uncertain future of subsidies post-Brexit to the delayed 25 year food and farming plans, the agricultural sector faces huge uncertainties over the next few years. But there is clearly a significant opportunity for Labour to shape the future of farming for the better.

This event will assess the major challenges facing food and farming in the UK today, and consider what sort of farming policies Labour should be fighting for. Key topics include: the role of trade and trade agreements, the need for a policy that’s fair to all farmers, and public payments for public good.

Note - This event takes place outside of the secure zones, and is therefore accessible to all, including those without a conference pass

*The Dome Room 
Hotel du Vin 
2 Ship Street 
Brighton BN1 1AD  
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Published Wednesday 30 August 2017

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