A new deal for farmers

Labours Shadow Environment Secretary Steve Reed MP was in Thorney recently to meet farmers from across the area.

The Shadow Minister visited Park Farm at the invitation of Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the city, to learn more about the issues facing our rural and farming areas.

The visit covered frustrations about rural crime and the lack of action against fit-tipping, support for sugar beet farmers and support to help farmers with rising energy costs.

Steve Reed MP, commented: “It was a pleasure to visit Peterborough with Andrew and to hear more about farmers concerns. 

“The Conservatives have wrecked our rural economy in Peterborough. Red tape at the borders and eye watering energy bills have forced farmers out of business, with many good local jobs lost. 

“Labour will give farmers in Peterborough their future back. We will cut energy bills for farmers, slash red tape at our borders to get food exports moving again, and use the Government’s own purchasing power to back British produce.”

Andrew added: “Food and farming are in our DNA in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire so it was great to bring Labour’s Shadow Farming Minister to the city. 

“We all need to be backing British farming whether that is stamping out fly-tipping, buying British food, investment local flood management or helping the next generation of farmers to get on in the industry. 

“I’d like to thank the NFU and farmers who came along to share their views with us.”