Food strategy: PM claims to be backing farmers are “empty words”

Responding to Boris Johnson’s comments on the government’s Food Strategy, Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron MP said: “Boris Johnson has slashed basic payments for farmers and undercut our world-leading animal welfare standards. His claims to be backing farmers are nothing more than empty words from a prime minister who has consistently broken his promises to rural communities.

Tim Farron

“If this Conservative government was serious about supporting British farming, they would scrap their short-sighted plans to cut basic payments to farmers by a fifth this year.

“Voters in Tiverton and Honiton have a chance to speak for farming communities around the country and force Boris Johnson to act instead of taking them for granted.”

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