Union maps out policy at SNP conference

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NFU Scotland has called for politicians of all parties to recognise and protect the huge economic and environmental contribution of Scottish agriculture in the Brexit negotiations.

NFU attendance at the SNP party conference followed on from a fringe event staged at the Conservative party conference in Manchester the week before.

The fringe events are the first that NFU Scotland ever staged at political party conferences and are a clear indication of the commitment and resources that the union is directing towards Brexit negotiations.

The SNP event was addressed by cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity, Fergus Ewing, and chaired by NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick.

Those attending the fringe event were rewarded with a feast of the finest Scottish produce including soft fruit from Blairgowrie; cheese including Mull cheddar, Strathdon Blue and Clava brie; and Dalwhinnie malt whisky.

Mr McCornick has just returned from the North American and European Union biennial agricultural conference held in Washington DC.

Mr McCornick’s lobbying effort on Brexit has saw him in four parliaments in the past fortnight: Capitol Hill in Washington; the European Parliament in Brussels; Westminster and Holyrood.

Andrew McCornick: four parliaments in 14 days. no_c42andrewmccornick