Naish and Gill nominated
SIR David Naish and Ben Gill have been nominated for election as NFU president. And there are six nominations for the two deputy president posts.
Elections will be held at the NFUs annual meeting on Feb 4-5 in London. Sir David will definitely stand, but Mr Gill, currently one of the two deputy presidents, is refusing to say if he will challenge for the top job. "I will decide on the day," he insisted.
Sir David needs to secure at least 66% of the votes to continue for his sixth term as president. The candidates for deputy president are: Tim Bennett, Martin Burtt, Ben Gill, Hugh Oliver-Bellasis, Tony Pexton, and Rad Thomas. The two candidates with most votes will be elected.
Farm minister, Douglas Hogg, has agreed to speak at the annual meeting, to be held in the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. And in the run-up to the general election the NFU has organised a political debate involving junior farm minister Tony Baldry, shadow farm minister Gavin Strang, and Lib-Dem farm spokesman Paul Tyler. *