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From Westminster to Oatridge

Published Monday, 4th February 2019 in Study at SRUC news

SRUC students meet the members of the Scottish Affairs Committee.
SRUC students meet the members of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

SRUC students discussed the future of Scottish Agriculture with a group of MPs visiting Oatridge Campus on Monday 28 January.

The Scottish Affairs Committee convened at Oatridge to take evidence from agriculture experts and to hear SRUC students' views on rural Brexit and the future of agriculture.

During a lively discussion Johanne Straube, Joseph Hollis, Amy Russell, Alexander Cook, and David Kelly, all students from Edinburgh and Oatridge, raised their thoughts, concerns and ideas for a stronger rural sector in Scotland.

The committee member MPs responding to their ideas were Pete Wishart, David Duguid, Hugh Gaffney and Danielle Rowley.

The group covered a wide variety of topics including long term careers in the rural sector, sustainable imports, succession planning for farmers, working and studying at home and abroad, taxation and the need to develop the cookery skills across the country. 

Pete Wishart MP, Chair of the committee said, “I was really impressed by all the SRUC students’ contribution to the discussion. Their knowledge on policy areas as diverse as food security and the inheritance of land was impressive and their enthusiasm for solving some of the big questions about the future of agriculture was clear. I’d like to thank them all for giving us much to consider for our inquiry.”

Student Joseph Hollis, said, "It was a privilege to be a part of the discussion with MP's from the Scottish Affairs Committee. It is refreshing to know that away from the political point scoring arena of Westminster, a cross-party of MP's are working hard to secure livelihoods within Scottish agriculture post-Brexit."

The meeting with student followed a sitting of the Scottish Affairs Committee, where Steven Thomson from the SRUC Rural Policy Centre delivered evidence on behalf of SRUC. You can download a copy of the SRUC submission here.

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