Agricultural and County Shows — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair]

Part of Backbench Business – in Westminster Hall at 2:50 pm on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham 2:50 pm, 21st July 2022

I thank Members for the broad and mostly cross-party spirit in which the debate has been conducted. In particular, I thank my hon. Friend Virginia Crosbie, my right hon. Friend Stephen Crabb and Ben Lake, who gave us a great tour of west Wales—I might even get down there myself this summer.

David Linden does not have any shows in his patch, but he stepped bravely into the breach today, as did the Minister— I know there was a debate about whether he or a Minister from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport would be responding. I thank Alex Sobel and my hon. Friend Andrew Jones, who is just down the road from me; it is always great to see him here. My hon. Friend Mark Jenkinson was suffering in silence today, but at least he got a shout-out for Cockermouth.

I want to highlight the important economic benefit of these shows and the invaluable contribution that they make to our rural communities and the sense of belonging there. Most of all, I thank the volunteers at the shows, who keep them going year after year, because they are such a valuable part of our rural communities. I thank the guys at Wolsingham Show and Stanhope Show, and the Weardale Agricultural Society, which is run from St John’s chapel. I look forward to seeing them in the next couple of months.