Industry’s voice heard at 2022 Conservative and Labour conferences
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.
Nice to hear an injection of common sense from @Mark_Spencer at @WeAreBrightBlue fringe with @CropLifeUK— Ed Barker (@edbarkerAIC) October 3, 2022
ELM has to have the right £ rates and admin balance. No incentive = no uptake = no public goods! #CPC22
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.