19 February 1998
Livestock farmer campaigns for one-member-one vote

ANDREW WOOD, a livestock farmer from Dumfriesshire, is campaigning for the adoption of the one-member-one vote (OMOV) system in the Scottish National Farmers Unions council.

He conceded there was no hope of the system being adopted for this years election of a new president and two vice-presidents on March 6.

Many other farmers also advocate the 12,000-strong union adopts the OMOV system.

Stewart Whiteford, joint acting president and Peter Chapman, of Aberdeenshire are in the running for president. Jim Walker, of Dumfries and Peter Stewart, of Fife, are standing for a vice-presidency. The loser of the presidency election is also expected to contest the position of vice-president.

Pressure is still on George Lyon, the other acting president, to change his mind about opting out of union duty in favour of the Scottish parliament.

  • The Scotsman 19/02/98 page 30