Agri MEP And SNP Candidate For Galloway And West Dumfries Host Farming Surgery

03 March 2011

SNP Member of the European Parliament and member of the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Mr Alyn Smith will hit the campaign trail this Friday with SNP candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries, Dr Aileen McLeod.

Alyn and Aileen will host a farming surgery at The Crown Hotel in Newton Stewart to talk about farming issues with local farmers and find out how the industry is faring.

Smith said:

"I'm very much looking forward to my trip to Dumfries and Galloway and catching up with some of Scotland's finest farmers. I hope that our farm surgery will be a useful opportunity for both of us to hear firsthand what problems our farmers are facing. I'm also looking forward to my trip to the farmers' market. Scotland has such world-beating produce -local, healthy and good - and we must always protect that legacy.

"The people in this constituency want a strong and experienced voice to fight their corner, to give them hope and to show them that a better Dumfries and Galloway is possible. What farmers need from the forthcoming Holyrood election is a local champion fighting for their interests and working hard alongside an SNP team to deliver for Scottish agriculture. That person is Aileen, and that's why I am backing her and showing my support."

SNP candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries Dr Aileen McLeod said:

"I'm delighted Alyn is coming to Newton Stewart and joining me on the campaign trail.

"Alyn is well known in the farming community as a staunch defender of the interests of Scotland's farmers in the European Parliament. This is a crucial time with key debates unfolding on the future of Europe's agriculture policy (CAP), reforms to the milk market and legislation due on various aspects of food quality - all of which will impact on our farmers and communities across Dumfries and Galloway.

"With the UK Tory-Lib Dem government already calling for the end of direct support for farmers, it's even more important to ensure our farming communities have an SNP voice representing their views in Brussels.

"If elected in May, I'm looking forward to achieving just that, working closely with Alyn to take forward the interests of our farmers and our world-class local food and drink sector in Dumfries and Galloway in these crucial debates ongoing in Brussels."