Lib Dems celebrate poll which says farmers turning away from Conservatives in favour of them

Saturday 1st January 2022 7:00 am
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Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds ()

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Support for the Conservatives has plummeted during the last year according to a new poll out in Farmers Weekly.

The poll shows the Conservatives dropping from 72 per cent in 2020 to 56 per cent this year. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats have almost doubled their vote in the same period going from 9 per cent to 17 per cent.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said: “Our farmers have spent generations growing food and managing our countryside. They are key allies in the fight to tackle the climate emergency and to recover nature, all while continuing to produce high quality food for our plates.

“Yet this Conservative Government is continuously ignoring our farmers and in many cases actively making life more difficult for them.

“Whether its signing trade deals without consulting or listening to Welsh farmers concerns or failing to solve labour shortages or issues with the UK-EU veterinary agreement, they simply aren’t listening to rural communities.

“Farmers throughout the UK and Wales are quite rightly fed up of being taken for granted by the Conservative Party while they sell them down the river for quick trade deals designed to benefit big bankers in the city with little regard for rural communities.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats back Welsh farmers and we are delighted that farmers across the country are trusting us with their support. The Conservatives have taken farmers’ votes for granted for far too long and through their actions they risk losing it forever.

“We as a Party have a long and proud history, especially in Wales, of standing up for rural communities having done so for hundreds of years. Our roots are embedded in standing up for our communities, small local businesses, farms, towns and villages whereas the Conservatives and Labour continuously prioritise big business and inner cities.

“We will continue to stand up for our rural communities both in the Senedd in Wales and across the UK, seeking to reduce the challenges faced by many farmers over the coming

years.”

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