David Cameron visits the Royal Welsh Show
21 July 2014
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, today (Monday 21 July) flew in to Llanelwedd to visit the Royal Welsh Show for the morning.
As the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the show, Mr Cameron was greeted by the Honorary Show Director, Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh and other dignitaries before being taken on a guided tour of the showground.
Mr Cameron first called into the Welsh Government building to meet Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister and was then joined by Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales, where they proceeded to take in the sights of the show and stop for a chat with the personnel on the Armed Forces stand.
Mr Cameron was then welcomed into the main ring where he had the chance to watch the some of the classes and meet the judges of the Welsh Cobs and Welsh Ponies. From there the party visited the cattle and sheep rings, stopping to talk to exhibitors along the way.
The next stop was the food hall where Mr Cameron was able to meet the producers and sample some of the artisan Welsh produce on offer.
Whilst at the show, Mr Cameron announced a potential £400m of new business for the British food industry as part of a Government plan aimed at supporting British businesses.
With Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, Mr Cameron explained how from 2017, all of central government will commit to buying fresh and locally-sourced seasonal food. This will be made possible by a new food and drink buying standard, called The Plan for Public Procurement, which is targeted at helping thousands of British farmers, small businesses, rural economies and the British public.
The morning visit was rounded off with Mr Cameron being presented with a hamper of delicious Welsh foods by Clive Alexander, Assistant Honorary Director
“We are honoured and delighted that Mr Cameron has been able to visit what is considered to be the most iconic and prestigious agricultural show in Europe.” said Mr Featherstonhaugh
“The first day of the show is always a busy one with visiting dignitaries from far and wide and it has been our pleasure to welcome Mr Cameron to the showground.”