Tory policy on show

Visitors to the Royal Show this July will have the chance to contribute to the Conservative Party's rural policies.

The Tories are due to complete a major review of agricultural and rural policies soon and are hosting a discussion at the Royal Show, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 1-4 July.

Initial recommendations from the Quality of Life Report will be presented by John Gummer MP, chairman of the Policy Group, on 3 July. The full report covers a diverse range of policy matters, including agriculture, food and rural issues and also issues such as energy and transport.

Gummer will highlight some of the ideas relating to food and agriculture that will be made in the final report, to be submitted to David Cameron.

Participants at the show will be able to feed in their views and comments before the final submission is made. This event is part of a remit from show organiser the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) to stimulate debate on the future of agriculture and rural policy in England.

"We're delighted that the Conservative party has chosen the Royal Show to complete this major rural policy review," said RASE chief executive Professor John Moverley. "It underlines the show's role as the platform of choice for politicians of all parties to set their agendas that shapes the future of British agriculture. This report promises to be thought-provoking and I look forward to the ensuing debate."

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