East Devon MP Parish promises to fight for Cumbria’s food and drink

So now BOTH our MPs are constantly out of our constituency: one (Swire) swanning around the Middle East and one (Parish) desperately crossing the country trying to reassure farmers all will be well post-Brexit. Oh, and he also lives outside the constituency – just like Swire. Oh, lucky East Devon.

“A HIGH-ranking government official heard just vital farming and the food and drinks industry were to the county’s economy.

And a pledge that Cumbria’s twin breadwinners would not be left behind post-Brexit was made to a round-table discussion in Carlisle involving local farmers and members of the agri-business industry.

As chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee, Neil Parish said he would now be fighting tooth and nail to get the best possible settlement for Cumbria’s and Britain’s agricultural and food and drink industries in the Brexit negotiations.

The meeting, held in the Boardroom at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Rosehill, was instigated by Carlisle MP, John Stevenson.

Afterwards, Mr Parish said the EU was a vital market for British agriculture and food and drink exports.

And, he added, farming was the bedroom (SIC!) of the UK’s food and drink industry, worth £108 billion to the economy and providing jobs for 3.9 million people.