MP Welcomes Scottish Young Farmers to Westminster

Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, welcomed members of the Scottish Association Young Farmers Club (SAYFC) to Westminster.

The group were making an inaugural visit to Parliament, in what they hope will become an annual event.

The group from the Scottish Young Farmers Club, whose members are all under 30, travelled down from across Scotland - from Orkney to the borders – including three from Luke Graham’s constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire.

During the visit the group met with Minister Lord Duncan in the Scotland office for a working lunch Q&A session, before attending a reception with Agriculture Minister George Eustice, hosted by Luke Graham MP and his Scottish Conservative and Unionist colleague, Kirstene Hair, MP for Angus.

The group then returned on Wednesday to attend Prime Ministers Questions.

SAYFC Chair, David Lawrie from Kinross said:

“The visit to parliament has been a fantastic success, and we are keen to make this an annual visit from now on.

The purpose of the visit was to see and hear for ourselves how parliament impacts upon our every day lives, as farmers and as constituents, and to discuss with our representatives how we can best ensure that our voice is heard, and by the right people”

The group also visited the New Zealand Agricultural Trade Envoy, the Nation Farmers Union and the Rural Leaders Reception while they were in London.

Clacks farmer, Ian Cullens, also attended:

“The visit to parliament has been brilliant. Thanks to Luke Graham MP for helping to organise everything.”

Mr Graham also hosted members of Scottish Enterprise’s Rural Leadership Programme, who were in London visiting the UK Parliament, with both groups meeting together in Westminster.

The programme, which includes visits to the Scottish, European, and UK parliaments brings together leaders from rural communities across Scotland with the aim to drive forward rural businesses, and the rural economy, through a skills development programme.

Speaking after the visit, Luke Graham MP commented:

“I was delighted to host the group in Parliament, both for the reception and then at Prime Minister Questions.

Farming is a central part of our communities and we need to ensure that we are encouraging the next generation to come through so we continue to develop our rural economy and produce the finest food and drink,for which Scotland is so famed.

The young farmers passion, knowledge and insight shows the future of farming in Scotland is bright, and I look forward to working with them in the future.

It was also a pleasure to meet with the Rural Leaders Programme representatives at the same time. It was a fantastic opportunity for our present leaders to meet with our future rural leaders.”