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NFU president stands down
PETER Kendall’s decision to stand down as president of the NFU in February has opened the way for what looks like being a tough leadership battle.
Nominations are open for elections to the three highest office holder positions: president, deputy president and vice-president.
Meurig Raymond has confirmed his intention to stand for Mr Kendall’s position and, with huge support from within the council, must start as clear favourite.
Adam Quinney, who came through a large number of contestants to become elected vice-president in 2012 is also considering throwing his name into the ring but will not make a final decision until after Christmas. Other challengers, from both inside and outside the council, are expected to come forward, while there are certainly plenty names coming forward for the deputy and vicepresident roles.
Mr Kendall’s intention to stand down comes as no surprise, as he has long indicated his current fourth two-year term would be his last. He said it had been a “huge privilege” to serve as NFU president for the past eight years and that he would be leaving the NFU in “excellent shape”. Mr Kendall is widely seen as one the NFU’s most successful presidents and he has received glowing tributes from council members.
Cumbrian farmer Alistair Mackintosh said he had “lifted the NFU into a place where it has never been before”. His departure will leave a big hole for the NFU to fill.
Mr Raymond, a loyal number two for so long has said he believes he is “up to the task”.
He said: “I believe I have the support, I believe I have the credibility. I think I am highly-respected across all sectors of the industry right through to Government. I have learned from Mr Kendall’s huge leadership skills and am proud to have been part of a successful team since 2006.”
Mr Quinney said: “I stood as vice-president in 2012 because I wanted to make a difference and now I have the opportunity to make even more of a difference.
Of course, I am going to think about it, but my focus at the moment is to crack on with the big issues the NFU is currently grappling with before making my mind up after Christmas.
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