Polegate’s MP has called on the recently appointed Secretary of State at DEFRA, Andrea Leadsom, to meet with her to discuss the management of badgers within her constituency.
Both prior to, and following her election to Parliament last May, Maria Caulfield has remained vocal in the debate on how best to manage the badger population across the UK. This most recent interjection comes on top of a number of requests that the Lewes MP made to the previous DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss on the same matter, including asking a question within the Commons Chamber.
With parts of the East Sussex constituency labelled as high risk TB areas, the local MP - who owing to her farming routes has a profound interest in the rural community - has been keen to work alongside local farmers and relevant organisations, with the view of putting together a case for a Badger vaccination programme that can be put before Government.
Maria said, “I remain committed to bringing about a badger vaccination programme within my constituency of Lewes. Cattle infected with TB costs our cattle farmers millions of pounds each year, as well as causing huge heart ache for all of those involved.
“Regrettably, due to an international shortage of TB vaccine, to date the Government has been unable to support a vaccination programme with the constituency. This doesn’t however mean that it should be written off as a future option, and I wish to seek assurances from the new DEFRA Secretary to this effect.”