Agriculture Bill

Jamie quizzes Agriculture Secretary of State in the Commons

During the second reading of the Agriculture Bill in the House of Commons, Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross questioned the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the impact it will have on sheep farming in the Far North.

Speaking after the debate Jamie said:

“Today I raised sheep farming with Michael Gove quite deliberately. My point is that it is absolutely inconceivable not to have crofters and farmers rear sheep in many of our straths and glens. As I said to Mr Gove today in the Chamber today, you can hardly grow grapes in the north of Scotland.

“To reinforce the point I pushed him as to whether he understands the importance of healthy livestock in our straths and glens being an important part of our tourism product. My view being that visitors like to see this sort of scene in the Far North.

“Overall this is an issue that I regard of the highest importance to my constituents. We are at sea in the unchartered waters of Brexit and nothing, but nothing, must hurt the crofters and farmers in my constituency.

“I was pleased with Mr Gove’s response and I have invited him to come up to the Black Isle Show next year. By the way he replied to me I have every hope he might accept.”

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