MPs from across the house have all been sporting sticks of wheat on their clothes this afternoon, to celebrate Back British Farming Day. The scheme is run by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), and is designed to improve awareness for local farming.
PMQs was its usual fiery self on Wednesday morning.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer using the opportunity to slam Prime Minister Boris Johnson for Universal Credit cuts.
The PM is reportedly set for a major cabinet reshuffle later this afternoon.
However, there was one major difference for PMQs this afternoon that caught viewers’ attention.
MPs from all political parties were wearing heads of wheat to celebrate Back British Farming Day.
The NFU tweeted on Wednesday morning: “Today is #BackBritishFarmingDay, a chance to celebrate all the hard work British farmers do to keep the nation fed. Follow @NFUTweets throughout the day as they share the best of British farming.
“It’s #PMQs now in the House of Commons and you may be seeing a lot of MPs wearing these badges and wondering what they mean.
“We’ve invited all MPs to show their support for British farming on #BackBritishFarmingDay by wearing a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge.”
The NFU campaign is driving support for the British food and farming sector, said the charity.
It encourages the public to use the countryside responsibly, while also spreading the word to friends and family.
However, the key part of Back British Farming Day is lobbying the government to act on food security.
The NFU wants the government to produce a major report on the UK’s key food production, as well as its contribution to global food security.
More to follow…