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Friday 9 April – Nick Herbert and Northumberland

One enormous privilege I have already had out of this election campaign has been to take shadow cabinet ministers around the area. For a number of reasons I was particularly pleased that Nick Herbert was able to visit Belsay and then Berwick, speaking at farmers’ meetings in both locations. Nick is the shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

With Nick Herbert (right) and Cllr Richard Dodds

With Nick Herbert (right) and Cllr Richard Dodds

He had so many positive messages about rural issue, not least “no farms, no food”. He pointed out that taking a holistic view, the world’s farmers currently feed 6 billion people, or at least try to. Imagine how they will feed the 9 billion that will be on this planet sometime in my lifetime.

Nick with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative candidate for Berwick

Nick with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative candidate for Berwick

On hunting his view is identical to mine: genuine respect for those who are concerned for animal welfare, an acceptance that the hunting community needs to take some of those welfare concerns on board, but at the end of the day the choice of sport, including country sport, is up to the individual’s personal freedom.

Nick with Guy Opperman

Nick with Guy Opperman

The day ending with leaflet delivering around Rothbury, followed by canvassing in Prudhoe. This is not Hexham’s most Tory area at all, but we had a good reception on the whole, with many new entries going on our canvass cards as either T (Labour waverers) or P (potential Conservatives). More of Prudhoe tomorrow apparently.