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Melton Mowbray Tractor Demo

Pie town Melton Mowbray gets our tractor treatment!

Tractor route around Melton Mowbray, meeting at the cattle market at 10:30am

Melton Mowbray, the Leicestershire market town famous for its pork pies and Stilton cheese is set to be the latest location of a SBF tractor demo.

We continue to protest the failure of the government to include food standards in the Agriculture Bill, which would ensure the country isn’t flooded with lower quality produce, which would undercut our farmers.

If you’re in the area, please join us.  Pedestrians will meet outside Ye Old Pork Pie Shoppe on Nottingham Street from 11:30am and will be given placards to hold.  Tractors will meet from 10:30am at the cattle market on Scalford Road.

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Marlborough Demo

Marlborough Demo - Mama Knows Best!

Angry Wiltshire farmers headed to Marlborough to protest the government’s failure to include food standards in the Agriculture Bill.

Local MP, Danny Kruger, was one of a majority of Conservative MPs to vote against an amendment that would safeguard UK standards, enshrining them in primary legislation.  His mother, Great British Bake-Off’s Prue Leith, disagrees with him, arguing that we must keep our current high standards.  It’s reported she’s given up her Conservative Party membership in protest.

Our lead tractor had a poster of the pair, with the words “Mama Knows Best” emblazoned on it!

With thanks to Kaz for the ‘birds eye’ video and three photos kindly given to us by professional photographer Bob Naylor, WaterMarx Media.

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Westminster Tractor Demo

Our Tractors Return to Westminster!

On October 12th Save British Farming organised our second Westminster Demo.  As tractors and other farm vehicles mustered at New Covent Garden, MPs in the Commons began a debate on Amendment 16 – whether to include standards in the new Agriculture Bill.  Our ‘tractorcade’ wended its way along the south embankment to Lambeth Bridge where it crossed and made its way to Smith’s Square, home to the government’s DEFRA offices.  The BBC and other press were waiting, along with some politicians including Luke Pollard – Labour’s shadow DEFRA minster, and Tim Farron who holds a similar position in the Lib Dems.

Labour Shadow DEFRA minister, Luke Pollard, with SBF volunteers, Anna & Emma

From there, they went back over Lambeth Bridge, crossed Westminster Bridge and made their way to Trafalgar Square, before passing Downing Street and entering Parliament Square for a few rotations.

After the demo, tractors were directed to Old Palace Yard opposite the Houses of Parliament where the press was waiting to interview those who took part. 

All in all, it was a great day, with a great publicity both on national news and in the national press the next day.

Unfortunately, the government whipped Conservative MPs to vote down the amendment, with only 14 rebelling.

The Lords will send another similar amendment back to the Commons, and we’ll be there when it arrives.

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Swindon Tractor Demo

Our latest Tractor Demo got heads turning in Swindon!

Wiltshire farmers mustered at the Swindon County Ground ahead of a tractor demonstration around the Old Town.  Local farmers are angry at the government’s failure to include standards in the Agriculture Bill.

The ‘tractorcade’ circled the oldest part of the town several times, to the claps of supporters and bystanders. 

The route included passing local MP Robert Buckland’s office.  

Afterwards, everyone felt buoyed up by the experience, and they’re ready to repeat it if the Commons fails to vote through the Lords amendment safeguarding our standards.

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Stokesley Tractor Demo

Stokesley Demo a Great Success!

On October 9th, Save British Farming organised another tractor demo in the northeast, this time in Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

We had great turnout, even bigger than Northallerton and far better than expected!🚜🚜🚜

Around 20 tractors, crop sprayers and pickups with trailers joined us.

One of our campaign team, Richard Sadler as there and says, “They drove up and down the High Street at 10 mph sounding their horns.  Bystanders burst into spontaneous applause – and clapped and cheered.  It’s very obvious that farmers have very strong support from the public – everyone values farming in Yorkshire and no one wants cheap, nasty imports like chlorinated chicken from US factory farms.”

One of the tractors made another stop at MP Rishi Sunak’s office, where farmer Graham Clarke delivered his SECOND letter to the Chancellor urging him to back Lords amendment to Agriculture Bill. Graham still hasn’t heard back after the first letter was delivered after the Northallerton demo on September 25th. 

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MP Letter Rebuttals

MP Letter and Rebuttal

Liz Webster shares her MP’s response to our Save British Farming template letter on the Agriculture Bill, UK Farming and food standards. 

🚜 Have you sent one to your MP? 

🐄 Click here to use our customisable template. All you need is your postcode and our app will do the rest. We recommend you include a personal section at the start so it doesn’t get treated as a ‘form letter’.

Have they responded?  If yes, please send it to us – we’re looking at how honest they’re being and which ones are using a standardised response.

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Good food standards = good health

Health professionals join call to keep current UK food standards

Health care professionals join Save British Farming to deliver a strong message to amend the Agriculture Bill to keep our current food standards.  Some of them tell us why.

It is crucial that we protect our food standards not just for ourselves but for future generations to come. We are seeing an exponential growth in chronic lifestyle diseases and nutrition is a fundamental pillar that we all need to look at improving if we want to lead healthier lives.

Good work and let me know if there’s anything else I can help out with!

~Chris George, GP

Lowering our food standards has the potential to have a negative effect on the health of everyone in the UK. We currently have some of the highest standards for agriculture in the world and the government are planning to lower these way beyond the acceptable levels that we’ve enjoyed for decades. We want to ensure that the government do not pass an agriculture will affect our health. Please write to your MP and encourage others to do the same to protect our food standards and our public health.

~Sophie Red, Consultant Dietitican

As a Registered Nutritionist working within the food industry for the past twenty years, I have become so proud of the high food and farming standards that we have in Britain. I have witnessed first hand some of the initiatives that have been worked on so tirelessly for years. To relax our principles now has the potential to have an incredibly negative impact on the health of our nation and we must ensure that our exceptional British food standards are protected by law.

~Charlotte Radcliffe, Consultant Registered Nutritionist

As a nursing student, we learn about the fundamentals of health, and how high quality nutrition is a key factor in ill-health prevention.
Health inequalities in Britain are evident between lower income and higher income families. The agriculture bill amendment will leave lower income families with no choice but to choose poor quality foods, further exacerbating the inequalities in health in our country. We are lucky to have our own British farms which provide us with local, seasonal, good quality food. This should be accessible to everyone, no matter your income.

.Local, seasonal, good quality produce is essential to the public’s and the planet’s health.

Good quality nutrition is a necessity, and shouldn’t be made a luxury.

Mary-Jo Whiteley, Student Nurse

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Oswestry Banner Tour!

Shropeshire SBF Banner Tour

A group in Oswestry, Shropshire, decided to take one of our banners on a tour.  The tour included the offices of several local MP, to highlight their wish that these MPs back the Lords amendments to the Agriculture Bill, preserving our current food and animal welfare standards, and environmental protections.

Locations included:

Oswestry livestock auctions
Ludlow MP constituency office
Shrewsbury MP constituency office
Telford MP constituency office
Wrekin MP constituency office
North Shropshire Conservatives office, Oswestry
Tesco’s livestock statue

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Northallerton Demo

SBF Comes to Northallerton, Yorkshire

On a bright Autumn day, tractors gathered outside the North Yorkshire market town of Northallerton.  Decked in our red banners, the tractors rolled up the High Street where a crowd of supporters waving Yorkshire flags cheered and clapped as they went past. 

Afterwards a small rally listened to speeches from a number of people including Lord Newby, the LibDem peer, and Jon Johnson, the SBF representative there.

Farmers are protesting the Agriculture Bill’s failure to include food and animal welfare standards.  Without them, farmers will be undercut by cheaper, lower quality imports.  Added to this, if the government fails to agree a deal with the EU, many livestock farmers will go out of business.

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Northallerton Tractor Demo

Northallerton Tractor Demo

Farmers are planning a demonstration in North Yorkshire against Government plans for post-Brexit trade deals with Donald Trump and others which could have devastating consequences for farmers and the people of North Yorkshire.

Where: Northallerton, North Yorkshire
When: Friday 25th September from 12:30pm

A convoy of tractors and farm vehicles will drive up Northallerton High Street demanding safeguards to stop imports of hormone-treated beef and pork and chlorinated chicken undercutting Yorkshire farmers.

A letter will be delivered to local Richmond MP Rishi Sunak calling on him to back an expected amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would stop imports of food products produced to lower animal welfare, food safety and environmental standards than those required of UK farmers.

The protest will culminate in speeches around 1:30pm from a series of invited guests including at least one surprise high-profile individual with close ties to the Conservative Party.

The protest is being jointly organised by the campaign groups Save British Farming and #3.5%.

Muster point: layby off A684 by 12.30pm on Friday. Look for “Save British Farming” signs. If travelling from Leeming Bar, follow A684 through Morton and Ainderby Steeple, then look for layby on right immediately after crossroads signed for Romanby on left and Warlaby on right

If travelling from east, drive through Northallerton town centre, take A684 to Leeming/A1, then look for layby on left just as you’re leaving 40 mph zone.

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