Moving Defra to Yorkshire to be closer to farming communities ‘makes perfect sense’, suggests Tory MP

MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy said moving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs out of London was ‘perfectly logical’ and suggested York in particular would be a ‘fantastic place’ .

He made the comments during a debate in Westminster Hall on sustainable agriculture and food production practices.

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Julian Sturdy suggested Defra could benefit from being based closer to farming communities

He added: “His vision for the future and the idea of ​​what we need to do on food safety is extremely important. Does he agree that if there is a department that should probably be based outside of London, alongside agricultural colleges and experts in this country, is Defra?”

Mr Sturdy replied that it was a “very good point”.

He said: “I thought he was about to call Defra to come to his constituency; I would say York would also make a fantastic place.

“The principle that Defra is moving out of London into the wider farming community, where our food production is based, makes perfect sense. I wholeheartedly agree with him.”

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow did not respond to comments about the department’s suggested decision in her response to Mr Sturdy’s speech.

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