NFU 2010: Kendall wins third term; Raymond deputy and Jones VP

Peter Kendall has been elected NFU president for a third consecutive term.

Meurig Raymond has been voted his deputy and Gwyn Jones is vice-president.

Mr Kendall fought off a determined challenge from Somerset farmer Derek Mead to serve as NFU leader for a further two years.

He was re-elected following the union’s annual conference in Birmingham on Wednesday (24 February).

Union rules require sitting presidents to secure 75% of the vote to remain in office after serving two consecutive terms.

Mr Kendall achieved the target in the first round of voting by the union’s 93-strong council.

He has pledged to build on progress which has finally seen the government recognise the importance of British agriculture.

Mr Kendall has also promised to fight to ensure that the government finally addresses issues such as bovine tuberculosis, too.

Mr Mead had pledged a tougher NFU stance when dealing with government and a higher profile within the union for tenant farmers.

Farming had major problems in its dealings with DEFRA, Mr Mead claimed. The government looked on the NFU as little more than a rubber-stamping organisation, he added.

But he failed to convince council members that a tougher stance would win results for farmers

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