East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has backed British farmers at a reception at the House of Commons highlighting the importance of British farming which produces the world’s best food and provides the raw materials to keep 4 million people employed.

Sir Greg said: “As we prepare to leave the European Union it is crucial that we support the farming industry by ensuring measures are in place to encourage people to join the sector and to give farming a prosperous long-term future”.

“Farming is vital not only for the jobs it provides both in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s £112 billion food and drink industry”.

After the event, which was addressed by the Secretary of Stater for Rural Affairs Michael Gove MP, Sir Greg met with Yorkshire farmers and NFU representatives to discuss slashing excess red-tape, flood prevention and policies which will encourage farmers to invest in infrastructure.

Pictured (l-r): Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP, Richard Bramley of York, from the National Farmers Union and Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate.