Agri MEP And SNP Candidate For Galloway And West Dumfries Ditch Paperwork For Lambing

07 April 2011

SNP member of the European Parliament and member of the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Mr Alyn Smith, and SNP candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries, Dr Aileen McLeod, will spend a day lambing at a farm in Newton Stewart.

The SNP duo will be shadowing farmer Neale McQuistin, who has a hard day’s graft of tagging calves and lambing planned for them.

Alyn Smith said:

"Working on Neale’s farm will allow me to see for myself the issues facing farmers in Dumfries and Galloway. Scottish farmers do a good job of keeping their MEPs informed but I don't think you can beat getting your hands dirty to build a real understanding of the main concerns and problems.

"Scotland's farms produce some of the world's best food and drink, we must be proud of that and we must work to make sure all our farmers get a fair return for their produce.

"I am very much looking forward to my day out on the farm, and thanks to Neale for putting up with us!"

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

“Agriculture is a vital industry for this region, which makes a massive contribution to the regional economy, and I'm looking forward to a good day's work out and about on the farm.

“I am delighted that farmers are endorsing the SNP Government’s record and supporting our campaign. Agriculture is a vital part of our nation’s fabric and the SNP will continue to work hard for our successful rural industries that play such a vital role in our economy.
“The SNP will stand shoulder to shoulder with our farmers in the years ahead, both nationally and here in Dumfries & Galloway.”