Dumfries farmer elected president of NFUS

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DUMFRIESSHIRE farmer Andrew McCornick has been elected the 62nd president of NFU Scotland.

The new top team at NFU Scotland are, left to right, Gary Mitchell, Andrew McCornick and Martin KennedyCredit: PAUL WATT PHOTOGRAPHY
PAUL WATT PHOTOGRAPHY
The new top team at NFU Scotland are, left to right, Gary Mitchell, Andrew McCornick and Martin KennedyCredit: PAUL WATT PHOTOGRAPHY

Mr McCornick, previously a vice-president at the union, is joined by vice-presidents Perthshire farmer Martin Kennedy and Gary Mitchell of Wigtownshire.

In the vote, taken at the union’s council meeting in Glasgow, Mr McCornick secured the presidential spot after a keenly-fought contest in which he ran against sitting president Allan Bowie and fellow vice-president Rob Livesey.

After the election, Mr McCornick said: “Wow! There are difficult and challenging times ahead but I have been given a mandate by members to represent them – I see the membership as part of the team – and I am honoured to carry forward their message.

“It is a big operation to get our views on the importance of Scottish farming into the highest places in government so let’s get stuck in. We are on a mission to take this industry forward so let’s make it count.”

The AGM, conference and annual dinner was staged on the day before the election. The presidential position is held for two years and a president can serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms.

Under the terms of the constitution, Mr Kennedy and Mr Mitchell, being elected to vice-presidents for the first time, will initially serve for two years before the post reverts to an annual election.

Colin Smyth, South of Scotland MSP, said: “In my time as an MSP the wise words and advice of Andrew have been incredibly helpful to me in my regular discussions with the NFU and helped me raise issues for farmers here. The NFU will benefit greatly from his counsel.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:39AM
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