Stuart RobertsStuart Roberts

More candidates have emerged for the NFU leadership elections following Meurig Raymond’s decision to stand down as union president.

All three NFU top table leadership roles – president, deputy president and vice-president – will be up for grabs when the union’s elections take place in February 2018.

See also: Minette Batters to contend for NFU top job

The election will decide who leads the UK’s largest farm union through the next two years – including negotiations with the government during Brexit and beyond.

NFU deputy president Minette Batters has already accepted a nomination to run for president – a decision that could see her become the union’s first female leader.

NFU vice-president Guy Smith has also been nominated to run for president, as well as for the post of deputy president.

James Small

James Small

Hertfordshire farmer and NFU council member Stuart Roberts has been now nominated for the role of deputy president, in addition to an earlier nomination for vice-president.

Somerset farmer James Small has also been nominated for vice-president.

Other candidates could emerge as NFU branch meetings, where nominations are usually made, take place during the winter months.

The leadership elections will be held immediately after the NFU AGM, which follows the union’s annual conference in Birmingham on 20-21 February 2018.

Position Nominee Nominated by
President Minette Batters Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Dorset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire
  Guy Smith Essex
Deputy president Guy Smith Cambridgeshire, Dorset
  Stuart Roberts Hertfordshire
Vice-president Stuart Roberts Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire
  James Small Dorset, Gloucestershire