25 August 2000
Haddock would stand for NFU office
By Fwi staff
OUTSPOKEN farmer Richard Haddock has confirmed that he is willing to stand for the National Farmers Union office of vice president.
This follows the death last month of NFU vice president Richard Watson Jones.
Mr Haddock said he was pressing for the election of the successor to Mr Watson Jones to be delayed until the NFU annual meeting next February.
However, if the NFU Council insisted on an election this autumn, Mr Haddock said he would be prepared to stand provided he was nominated by a Council member.
“I feel now is not the time to have an election,” he said.
“The union needs more time to get over Richards death, and also by the next annual meeting half of the Council delegates allowed to vote in the election will have been elected under the new one-member-one-vote system.”
In the meantime, Mr Haddock said a “caretaker” could be appointed to help cover the vice-presidents duties.
Possible candidates might include former NFU Treasurer David Quayle or current treasurer Michael Lambert, said Mr Haddock.
He added: “It would be a good opportunity for them to visit branch annual meetings and explain why subscriptions have to increase.”
- NFU vice-president nominations start, FWi, 11 August 2000
- NFU vice-president dies at 37, FWi, 20 July 2000
- Haddock the leader who never was, FWi, 28 January 2000