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NPA to seek constructive relationship with new government on key industry issues

5th Jul 2024 / By Alistair Driver

The NPA has said it will continue to push hard on the key issues that matter for the pig sector, as the new Labour government takes office from today, following Sir Keir Starmer’s crushing election victory.

Keir StarmerNPA chief executive Lizzie Wilson said: “We offer our wholehearted congratulations to Sir Keir Starmer on this historic election victory.”

The NPA’s manifesto set out three overarching priorities:

  • A supply chain that works for all – including delivering effective regulation governing pig contracts.
  • Investment in Britain’s biosecurity – including investing properly in checks on illegal meat imports at the Port of Dover.
  • Protection for our world-leading animal health and welfare – including ensuring that any new regulation governing animal welfare on farms is developed and delivered with the industry’s needs in mind.

Lizzie added: “There remain a number of challenges that we must continue working hard to overcome, not least the threat of African Swine Fever in Europe and the need to deliver fairness in the supply chain for our farmers.

“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Steve Reed and the Labour Defra team to jointly champion the British pig sector.”

Charlie elected

Lizzie also welcomed the election of former NPA chief policy adviser Charlie Dewhirst as a Conservative MP in Bridlington and the Wolds. He will be one of around 120 Conservative MPs in the new parliament.

“Congratulations to Charlie on his election! I am sure he will be an excellent representative for a strong pig farming constituency, and it will be good to have another friendly face in parliament,” she said.