This year’s Suffolk Show once again highlighted the best that our county has to offer. Whether it was food, farming or agricultural heritage, there was something on offer for everyone. I am incredibly proud to represent a constituency that makes such a rich contribution in all of these areas.
The Suffolk Show is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association and is the largest two-day visitor experience in the county. It remains an agricultural show at its core and is a fantastic way of promoting the importance of the countryside, farming and food to our great county.
While at the show, I visited the rural policing team to discuss the work they do to tackle rural crime. This is vital work, particularly as rural crime can have a direct impact on the ability of farmers and rural businesses to operate. It also gave me the chance to chat to members of the police, that I work frequently with, about how to make residents in our towns and villages feel safer.
Additionally, I spoke with local farmers and the NFU about the challenges they face and potential opportunities they can embrace. Our farmers will always have my full support, not least because they are exemplars of producing high quality food while also being responsible stewards of our environment.
The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce were at the show outlining the work they do with, and on behalf of, local businesses. I will continue to support them to represent our fantastic local businesses, whether it is via the A14 campaign, challenging Government for investment or highlighting opportunities.
It was also great to meet with Nikos Savvas, Principal of West Suffolk College, an educational institution in the heart of our community that pushes students to reach their potential. This is vital for local businesses, the success of which is based largely on being able to access people with the right skills and training to help them serve their customers and continue to grow.
There were several other fantastic stalls at the show, with information available to visitors on a range of issues, as well as lots of fun activities for people of all ages to take part in. I even found time for a bit of shopping!
I would like to congratulate the Suffolk Agricultural Association on hosting another fantastic event.