Andrew McCornick re-elected president of NFU Scotland

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Andrew McCornick has been re-elected, unchallenged, to the position of NFU Scotland president.

Having already led the union for two years, Dumfriesshire farmer Mr McCornick will now hold office for a further two years by which time he will have served the maximum allowed under the constitution of a pair of two-year terms.

After a keenly fought election, the vote for the two vice presidential posts saw Perthshire farmer Martin Kennedy re-elected to serve alongside Charlie Adam from Aberdeenshire, currently Livestock Committee chairman.

The unsuccessful vice presidential candidate was Ian Sands from Perthshire, who is chair of the NFUS’s Combinable Crops committee.

Under the terms of the constitution, Mr Kennedy, as a serving vice president, will be seeking re-election next year, having already served as vice president for two years.

Mr Adam, being elected to the position of vice president for the first time, will initially serve for two years before the post reverts to an annual election.

After the election Mr McCornick said: ‘There are difficult and challenging times ahead but Martin, Charlie and I have been given a clear mandate by members to represent them and we are honoured to carry their message forward.

‘Throughout the protracted and frustrating Brexit process, NFUS has been crystal clear about its priorities and through our ‘Steps to Change’ work we have mapped out our thoughts on a new agricultural policy for Scotland.

‘I believe we have a top table team, which, backed by the members, staff and secretaries, has the vision to deliver on that.

‘Those who choose to seek office and represent fellow members in any capacity undertake a huge commitment and although missing out, I congratulate Ian for the part he played in a hard-fought campaign and the outstanding work he does in representing his sector.’

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