Spelman says the Government is backing British farmers.

THE coalition Government is backing British farmers, Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman has told the Conservative Party Conference.

Mrs Spelman said her Government was promoting a ‘rural renaissance’, with farming at the heart of its plans.

Last week, her Shadow, Mary Creagh, claimed in Liverpool that Labour was ‘the party of the countryside’.

This week in Manchester, Mrs Spelman hit back insisting the coalition was ‘prioritising the countryside’, in contrast to the previous Labour adminstration’s ‘urban indifference’.

She said the coalition was now ‘clearing up the mess’ after Labour’s ‘litany of failure’.

She used Defra’s proposals for ‘a tough, new package of measures’ to control bovine TB, including - although not mentioned by name – a badger cull, to highlight the contrasting approaches.

Labour opposes the policy but has ‘no alternative’. “When it comes to the countryside, they just don’t get it,” she said.

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