Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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National Trust attacks government on farming

by Steve Beasant on 6 August, 2017

The family farm could disappear by 2022 if the Government doesn’t act – and attacking the National Trust won’t help:

Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kate Parminter

If the Government doesn’t guarantee farm subsidies beyond 2022, then the family farm could disappear entirely – that’s the damning verdict of the National Trust.

Now, I have no doubt that Ministers will also ignore the National Trust for being experts.

It is right that farming subsidy should be in return for promoting the public good, such as for producing high-quality food and for improving the environment.

But the government’s refusal to guarantee subsidies beyond 2022 makes it impossible for farmers to plan, threatens the very future of the family farm, and could have devastating effects on the much-loved British landscape.

Farmers have every right to feel betrayed by this government but ministers no doubt fear that their extreme Conservative Brexit will cause such damage to the economy that they won’t be in a financial position to guarantee subsidies for the family farm into the next parliament.

The Brexiteers have betrayed farmers.

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