Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
I was pleased to show my support for Welsh farming in Westminster last week, recognising the crucial role farmers play in producing food and caring for the countryside.
Farming is the bedrock of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which contributes over £110 billion to the economy and employs 3.8 million people.
I’m pleased to support a sector that is so valuable to the country. Our farmers play a unique role in securing a plentiful supply of fabulous food, looking after our iconic countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy. The decisions made in Parliament over the coming months are critical to the future of British food production. As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU, it is important that we as politicians create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide safe and affordable food for the nation. Food production is a vital part of everyday life and impacts on us all.