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NFU pays tributes to Sir Ben Gill


Former NFU President Sir Ben Gill has died after a long illness, the union has said.

"Ever a determined, vocal and passionate advocate for Britain’s farming sector, Sir Ben served as Deputy President between 1992 and 1998 and then President between 1998 and 2004."

"Showing huge strength of character during this time, he became a nationally-known figure as a formidable fighter for the sector and a champion of British food. He played a key role in leading British farming through the BSE and foot and mouth crises of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and in calling for major reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy in 2003."

Appointed a CBE in 1996 and knighted in 2004, Sir Ben was a lifelong servant of the industry throughout his long and successful career, more latterly in his role as chairman at Visit Herefordshire.

At the NFU, prior to becoming Deputy President he also served as Chairman of the Union’s Livestock Committee. NFU President Meurig Raymond served on NFU Council when Sir Ben was President.

He said: “Ben Gill always had a big personality and tremendous determination.

“He led the farming industry through some very difficult times, but he always fought hard on behalf of the NFU’s farmer and grower members. Our industry will continue to benefit for a long time as a result of his achievements.

“Our sympathies are with his wife Lady Carolyn and his four sons.”

Sir Ben was 64.

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