MP urges Government to deliver on Bovine TB policy

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, has called on the government to deliver a comprehensive and effective policy, including a cull, to combat the spiralling incidence of Bovine TB in Torridge and West Devon.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on dairy farming yesterday, the MP said that he and the Minister, James Paice MP, had together met farmers throughout the constituency of Torridge and West Devon and that the Minister was well aware of the problems facing local farmers as a result of Bovine TB.

Geoffrey Cox said: “The Minister has visited Torridge and West Devon and seen for himself the damaging effects of Bovine TB and the viability of a limited cull in intensely affected hotspot areas. It is now time for this government to do the right thing and allow for the limited, targeted and humane cull of badges in the worst affected areas.”

Mr Cox went on to say that his constituents could not doubt the Minister’s personal empathy for constituents affected, but called on him to have the courage to act finally to deal with the issue.

The Minister said that the Government would announce its policy before the rise of parliament at the end of July.