05 March 1999
NFUS presidential hopeful under attack

TOM THOMSON, the milk convener (chairman) of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS), has accused the unions presidential contender Peter Chapman of failing to support the interests of the dairy sector.

Mr Thomson launched a scathing attack on Mr Chapman at a Dunblane meeting of the NFUS, accusing him the lack of special aid for dairy farmers.

But outgoing NFUS president George Lyon defended the position of the leadership pointing out various initiatives that had been taken.

Mr Thomson also alleged slow progress in implementing the date-based export scheme to allow Scottish producers to resume beef exports.

Mr Lyon said he was pressing forward with the issue.