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Lucy Neville-Rolfe to leave post as Red Tractor chair

23rd Oct 2020 / By Alistair Driver

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe will leave her role as Red Tractor chair on November 12 at the end of her three-year term.

Lucy Neville RolfeThe announcment on Friday evening follows a backlash over a her failure to back amendments to the Agriculture Bill intended to strengthen import standards. 

She said: “I have much enjoyed my time at Red Tractor and I believe it has made much progress over the last 3 years in achieving wider recognition of its certified standards covering food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection.

“I have always believed and made clear that upholding strong agricultural and food standards is in the best interests of British consumers, farmers and manufacturers. Recent comments suggesting I do not take that view are wrong and have only gained credence by ignoring clear statements by me to the contrary.

“In my view UK agricultural and food standards will be even more important post-Brexit. Over time I am sure standards will, rightly, become more rigorous." 

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