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Posted by Richard Friday, October 09, 2009

When Peter Kendall, NFU president, suggested that the Tories' attitude to Europe could damage their ability to influence matters in Brussels, Nick Herbert, the Tories' rural spokesman, went off "like a firework".

Herbert promised that the Tories would be much more diligent in turning up to the endless meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg to fight our farmers' corner. He also vowed to argue for greater cost analysis of European directives that are making farming a misery.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Tory policy on agriculture: "We will be much more diligent in turning up to the endless meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg to fight our farmers' corner." There's one to go to the barricades for.

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