New twist in NFU election race

IN A twist to the NFU election race, vice-president candidate Paul Temple has been informed he will need to secure 75 per cent of the council vote in order to win that contest.

The rule kicks in as Mr Temple, who is also standing for deputy president, had already served three years in the vice-president role until he resigned for personal reasons in 2009.

He said he initially understood the 75 per cent rule only applied to ‘incumbents’ but was told by the NFU this week, on the advice of its lawyers, that it also covered people who had previously served in the post they are standing for.

“If that’s the rule, then fair enough. But I would have liked to have been told before the hustings (which took place last week) as I would have done things differently,” he said.

Gwyn Jones will only require 50 per cent of the vote to retain his position as vice-president as he has only served two years in the role.

A further five candidates are contesting the post - Kevin Attwood, Jonathan Brant, Alistair Mackintosh, Adam Quinney and Anthony Rew. All will require a straight majority to prevail.

Mr Temple will, however, only require a straight majority to win the deputy president race. Along with Kent farmer Kevin Attwood, he is challenging incumbent Meurig Raymond, who will require 75 per cent of the vote to retain his post.

NFU president Peter Kendall, who is standing unopposed, will also require 75 per cent of the vote to retain his post, under the NFU election rules designed to raise the bar for candidates who have already served multiple terms.

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