As one of the few London MPs to represent areas of farmland, I am delighted to be supporting Back British Farming Day today.
The UK food and farming industry is worth more than £120 billion to the national economy and employs more than 4 million people.
I am extremely proud to wear the Back British Farming pin badge in support of the farming sector that is so valuable not just to this region but to the whole country. British farmers and growers are proud to produce safe, traceable and nutritious food we all love to eat to world-leading standards, as well as maintaining the iconic British countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy.
Farmers were rightly identified as key workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to those farmers in my constituency, and the wider food supply chain, we were able to ensure supermarket shelves were kept stocked and the nation was fed during this difficult time. I am very grateful for all that they have done and continue to do.
I would encourage everyone to get behind this important campaign and to Back British Farming.
If you would like to find out more about how you can Back British Farming, you can find out more about the NFU’s campaign here.