NFU Scotland’s Vice President hustings kicks off

NFU President Andrew McCornick said the 'right people' are needed to drive forward policy
NFU President Andrew McCornick said the 'right people' are needed to drive forward policy

NFU Scotland’s hustings tour kicks off this week which will see three candidates contesting for the farming union's two Vice President roles.

NFU Scotland's President, Andrew McCornick said the elections come at an “extremely uncertain” time for Scottish agriculture.

Current Vice President Martin Kennedy, Livestock Chairman Charlie Adam and Combinable Crops Chairman Ian Sands have put their names forward to contest for the vice-presidential positions.

Mr McCornick said: “There has never been a more important time for members to get out to these hustings, listen to the candidates and make sure their vote counts.

“All three candidates have the skills and experience to do a fantastic job for NFUS and Scottish agriculture and this is their opportunity to convince members they have a role to play as we tackle the major challenges ahead.

“With Brexit decisions looming and future agricultural policy in the UK and Scotland up for debate, we need the right people in place to drive forward policies that are in the very best interests of our farmers and crofters,” he said.

The hustings will start on Monday (7 January) at McDiarmid Park, near Perth.

Over the course of the following 16 days, the candidates will also speak at meetings in Stepps, Tarbert, Castle Douglas, Carfraemill, Galston, Inverurie, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Dingwall.

Voting for the positions of the two Vice Presidential posts will take place at the union’s Council meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 8 February 2019.

The union’s AGM, conference and annual dinner will be staged at the same venue the previous day (Thursday 7 February).