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Janet Finch-Saunders on need for positive and collaborative rural polices

Speaking ahead of tonight’s digital hustings event on rural affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders – the Welsh Conservative candidate for Aberconwy – has underscored her plans to scrap the Wales-wide NVZ and back the voluntary approach for farmers, highlighting her record of collaborative working and delivery.

Tonight’s proceedings – which is a collaboration between NFU Cymru, FUW and the YFC – provides an opportunity to meet and question the election candidates who will stand for election in the constituency. Janet Finch-Saunders has been the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs since July 2020.

Commenting ahead of the event, Janet said:

“I'm proud of my record of delivery as the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, having worked hard to raise concerns in Cardiff Bay and beyond. In spearheading collaborative projects, such as my Welsh Wool Pledge, I have secured a commitment from Welsh Government to use more of our nation’s wool when furnishing public buildings, as well as product reviews from the likes of John Lewis and WM Morrisons. “Under this spirit of collaboration, I have pushed for a course correction to the haphazard roll out of full fibre broadband across Wales, delivering community fibre partnerships for many local businesses. I'm also proud of my work to raise awareness of the Countryside Code, crafting an innovative proposal to work with the UK Government to ensure the creation of a new National Rural Crime Taskforce for Wales. “I remain proud of my ardent opposition to the implementation of the all-Wales NVZ. We should not forget that Welsh Labour, supported by the Liberal Democrats, pursued damaging legislation to our farmers, publishing them at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is despite the Minister stating seven times they would not introduce them until after the health crisis had abated. “It is simply unacceptable that Welsh Labour ignored the Wales Land Management Forum Sub Group on agricultural pollution progress report, which had 45 recommendations. Tonight, like the community at large, I will be expecting an answer as to why these experts were ignored. It is only by collaborating with the sector that we can secure a brighter and more prosperous future for our rural communities."

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