12 Oct 2022
by Oli Hill

Industry’s voice heard at 2022 Conservative and Labour conferences

Mark Harper MP at Conservative Party Conference 2022
Farming Minister Mark Spencer MP (left) at Conservative Party Conference 2022 in Birmingham.

The UK agri-supply industry’s voice was heard at this year’s major political party conferences, with AIC attending the annual Conservative and Labour events.

AIC Chief Executive Robert Sheasby, and Head of Policy Ed Barker, were at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week (2-5 October) to meet with newly appointed Government ministers, as well as MPs and Peers.

Set to a backdrop of persistent pressure to global supply chains and food security, these crucial meetings allowed AIC to share and discuss key policy priorities with new Farming Minister Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP and EFRA Select Committee Chair Sir Robert Goodwill MP, among others.

A week prior, at the Labour Party Conference (25-28 September) in Liverpool, Robert held productive conversations with Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jim McMahon MP and Shadow Farming Minister, Daniel Zeichner MP.

“Party conference season represents a valuable opportunity for AIC to hold constructive talks with Government and other politicians,” says Mr Sheasby.

“AIC’s efforts are focused on helping the industry manage and overcome the ongoing disruption and market volatility in the agri-food supply chain.”

Further in-person meetings with parliamentarians are planned for the coming months.


Oli Hill

Oli Hill

Communications Manager, AIC

As Communications Manager, Oli creates and oversees the content published on AIC's website, emails, Member briefings, print publications, and social media.

A qualified multimedia journalist, he previously spent six years working at Farmers Weekly magazine as a Senior Reporter on the arable team, and latterly as Community Editor. More recently he was Communications Manager at Red Tractor.

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