North Devon Show

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, welcomed Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, to the North Devon Show in Umberleigh on Wednesday 7 August, and took the opportunity to discuss with them some of the key farming and rural issues affecting the area.

One of the problems discussed was that of Bovine TB, an issue which also proved highly significant in a later meeting arranged by the NFU between Mr Cox and a number of local farmers.

At the meeting the MP took the opportunity to reassure farmers that the Prime Minister had confirmed the need to follow through on policy to reduce and eventually eliminate Bovine TB, with a limited and humane cull where conditions are fulfilled that are likely to make it effective.

Whilst at the show Mr Cox also spent time speaking with a number of local business owners in the Federation of Small Businesses tent. From architects to candle makers and website designers to electrical suppliers, the MP gained a real insight into some of the pressures faced by local businesses and was also pleased to hear about their successes.

Speaking about the show, Mr Cox said: “It is always a pleasure to attend agricultural shows such as this, and the attendance of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State made this one even more significant, especially with David Cameron’s acknowledgement that farming is indeed the ‘backbone of Britain’.

“It was reassuring to speak to both David Cameron and Owen Paterson about the key issues affecting farmers in Devon, and to be able to pass on to farmers an update as to some of the positive steps being taken by the Government to resolve these issues.”