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Talking chit in Parliament

3 April 2019

On the last leg of their journey, AHDB Potatoes Next Generation programme made their final stop at Westminster last week (26 March).

Amid Brexit uncertainty, the group gathered on Parliament Square to witness MP’s rushing to cast their votes, TV crews hungry for coverage and scantily clad protesters making their voices heard before being treated to a historical tour around the Houses of Parliament.

The 15 strong group then headed to the National Farmers Union (NFU) headquarters in Westminster.

Liv Phoenix, External Affairs Manager for the NFU gave an insightful talk regarding the role of the NFU, their close relationship with the government and advice on how to proactively interact with their local government in order to gain maximum impact.

This prepared the group well for the afternoon session.

In an open discussion, the Next Gen group was introduced to a host of MP’s who have agriculture at heart.

They were:

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP
The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP
John Hayes MP
Kevin Hollinrake MP
Scott Mann MP
Neil Parish MP
Julian Sturdy MP

The group were able to discuss industry challenges, including the effects of Brexit, water abstraction, plant health, agricultural science and the Great British food and farming plan.

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