Ochil and South Perthshire’s MP, Luke Graham has welcomed Scottish Conservative colleague Alister Jack’s call for the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, to review the convergence uplift and assess how the UK Government can ensure Scottish farmers receive a fair settlement.
Mr Jack’s letter received the support of all Scottish Conservative MPs and urged the UK’s Environment Secretary to appoint an independent figure to consider the issue of the convergence uplift and report back speedily with specific recommendations.
The UK qualified for additional funds for farmers – the convergence uplift – from the EU thanks to the nature of the farming industry in Scotland.
An independent review would consider ways to reflect that in future arrangements for farming support.
Luke Graham MP said: “For too long, Scotland’s farmers have been let down and have not seen the benefit of fair funding for the country’s particular needs.
“The Scottish Government has been grandstanding, rather than offering constructive suggestions, which has resulted in Scottish farmers not receiving a single penny in support. Put simply, the Scottish Government’s approach has not worked.
“Instead, we as Scottish Conservative MPs want to work on finding a solution.”