Defra minister becomes show president

DEFRA Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach has been named as the next president of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

Lord Taylor, whose role will include representing the society at the annual Lincolnshire Show in June, praised the society for the way in which it had kept the agricultural focus of the Lincolnshire Show; ensuring it remained the high point of the farming year in the county.

“The society plays an important part in the economic life of Lincolnshire as well as performing a great task as advocate for the agricultural and horticultural industry, in what is the country’s premier agricultural county,” he said.

Lord Taylor’s involvement in horticulture and farming dates back to his teens, when he joined the family business and started work on the family farm in Holbeach.

He entered the House of Lords in 2006, having been made a life peer as Baron Taylor of Holbeach, of South Holland in the County of Lincolnshire. On his appointment he stood down as chairman of the company, Taylors Bulbs.

Lord Taylor, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra in September 2011, was previously Government spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, Energy and Climate Change, and Work and Pensions. He also served as Opposition spokesman from 2006-2010 and as a Whip in the House of Lords. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 for political service.

  • John Lockwood has been re-elected for a third year as society chairman. Master of the Burton Hunt and a former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, he runs the family property company, Castle Square Developments, alongside the family farm.

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