Archive Article: 2000/01/21

21 January 2000




Who deserves to be the next president of the NFU? Should the task of leading UK farming out of the worst crisis in living memory go to current president Ben Gill, his deputy Tony Pexton or outspoken south west contender Richard Haddock?

You may have a view but sadly its unlikely to count. Unless, that is, youre a member of the exclusive panel, including the 90-strong NFU council or a past president, which elects the new leader. farmers weekly believes the job is too important to rely on the possibly vested interests of the NFU council and the political intrigues of the unions hierarchy.

For those reasons, we are giving our readers the chance to take part in our exclusive telephone poll to vote for who they believe would make the best NFU leader. Has Ben Gill proved his credentials as a tough, effective farming leader willing and able to get things done? Or would his deputy Tony Pexton bring fresh direction and new commitment to the post?

Or perhaps you believe that only Richard Haddock has the grit, the personality and the single-minded independence to speak truly for the interests of all grass roots farmers?

Vote for your choice on the numbers below:

Ben Gill 0208-652 4433

Richard Haddock 0208-652 4400

Tony Pexton 0208-652 4460

Calls will cost no more than 10p. Alternatively, you can send us your comments via our FWi website at www.fwi.co.uk, fax us on 0208 652 4005 or e-mail us at farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk

We will publish the results of our survey on Fri, Jan 28; the week before the council meeting at which the new leader will be elected. Remember, although you may not have a vote in the NFUs leadership election, you can make your voice heard.

Who deserves to be the next president of the NFU? Should the task of leading UK farming out of the worst crisis in living memory go to current president Ben Gill, his deputy Tony Pexton or outspoken south west contender Richard Haddock?

You may have a view but sadly its unlikely to count. Unless, that is, youre a member of the exclusive panel, including the 90-strong NFU council or a past president, which elects the new leader. farmers weekly believes the job is too important to rely on the possibly vested interests of the NFU council and the political intrigues of the unions hierarchy.

For those reasons, we are giving our readers the chance to take part in our exclusive telephone poll to vote for who they believe would make the best NFU leader. Has Ben Gill proved his credentials as a tough, effective farming leader willing and able to get things done? Or would his deputy Tony Pexton bring fresh direction and new commitment to the post?

Or perhaps you believe that only Richard Haddock has the grit, the personality and the single-minded independence to speak truly for the interests of all grass roots farmers?

Vote for your choice on the numbers below:

Ben Gill 0208-652 4433

Richard Haddock 0208-652 4400

Tony Pexton 0208-652 4460

Calls will cost no more than 10p. Alternatively, you can send us your comments via our FWi website at www.fwi.co.uk, fax us on 0208 652 4005 or e-mail us at farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk

We will publish the results of our survey on Fri, Jan 28; the week before the council meeting at which the new leader will be elected. Remember, although you may not have a vote in the NFUs leadership election, you can make your voice heard.


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