10 January 2000
MSPs back Scots farmers’ march

By FWi staff

POLITICIANS from all the main political parties north of the border are backing a campaign calling on the government to support Scottish farmers.

Busloads of farmers are expected to deliver eight “Petitions for Action” to the Scottish Parliament after marching through Edinburgh on Tuesday (11 January).

The march was organised by the National Farmers Union of Scotland, which wants ministers to compensate farmers for a fall in the value of farm subsidies.

Union president Jim Walker said he wanted the government to reintroduce a policy of fair trade for farming.

Farmers will deliver their petitions one day after Britains four biggest farm unions joined forces to launch a similar campaign in London.

The Scottish initiative has won the support of many prominent Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who will march in front of the farmers.

The supporting MSPs include former NFUS president George Lyon, who is now Lib-Dem MSP for Argyll and Bute; and Robin Harper (Green) for Lothians.

Other MSPs giving their backing include Cathy Peattie (Lab) of Falkirk East, Alex Johnstone (Con) of North East Scotland, and Richard Lochhead (SNP) of North East Scotland.