COLUMN: Reporting Back with Julian Smith

Agriculture is one of the most important ongoing topics for Mr Smith in his constituency.
Agriculture is one of the most important ongoing topics for Mr Smith in his constituency.

The Ripon MP reflects on constituency issues.

Every year since I was elected in 2010 I have held an annual event with the focus specifically on agriculture, farming and rural issues.

This year’s event takes place this month in Kettlesing – just off the A59.

These topics are some of the most important ongoing topics for me as the Member of Parliament for such a large, predominantly rural, constituency.

At the Agriculture Summit I look to round-up and highlight them by inviting people to join me to discuss the major issues and challenges facing farmers and those involved with the industry.

I want to encourage everyone with an interest in agriculture, farming and rural issues to attend this year’s event – it takes place at Kettlesing Memorial Village Hall on Friday, November 15 from 1.30-2.30pm.

As in previous years, I will take up all the issues raised at the summit with relevant organisations and pass on the comments to the Agriculture Minister which he will then respond to.

The time when the world’s leading cyclists will pass through our area grows ever closer and it is great to hear about the work being done by communities and businesses up to prepare for the Tour de France’s Grand Depart next July.

At the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester last month I was able to highlight this positive work when I sat on a panel with the Sports Minister.

The debate discussed the economic opportunities of having the Grand Depart in the region, the health benefits and longer term positives such as tourism.

Many businesses have been contacting me to pass on that they are seeing an increase in bookings not just for the event but before and after as cyclists want to experience the route for themselves.

Maximising those long-term benefits is crucial and I will be working hard to ensure that happens in the months ahead.

I am always keen to promote the work our small businesses do – they are the engine room of our economy and I am delighted to be the Conservative Party’s Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire and the North East. As part of this, I am asking for people to nominate their favourite small business.

Nominated businesses across the country will be compiled ahead of Small Business Saturday, on December 7, where the work done by small firms across the UK will be celebrated.

You can make nominations at http://yourfavouritesmallbusiness.com/

SURGERY DATES

Julian Smith is holding his next MP’s surgery on: Friday, November 15 at Ripon Community House, Allhallowgate, from 3.30-4.30pm.

– Surgeries are by appointment. If you would like to see Mr Smith email julian.smith.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 7145.