AN MP has given his support for British farming at Back British Farming Day and the crucial role farmers play in producing food and caring for the countryside.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with a Back British Farming wheat-pin badge to publicly display their support for the sector during Brexit negotiations and beyond leaving the EU.

Farming is the bedrock of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which contributes over £110 billion to the economy and employs 3.8 million people.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said he is 'immensely proud' to wear the Back British Farming pin badge yesterday in Westminster in support of farmers. He said: “The decisions made in Parliament over the coming months are critical to the future of British food production.

"As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU, it is important that we as politicians create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide safe and affordable food for the nation."