YOU may have occasionally seen MPs wearing a sheaf of wheat on their suit while speaking in the House of Commons.
Here we reveal the reason MPs show a sheaf of wheat on their suit on a given day.
Why do MPs carry a sheaf of wheat?
MPS wear a wheat sheaf on a specific day of the year to show they support the UK farming sector and take this into account in their future trade deals.
This event is organized by the National Farmers’ Union for England and Wales and many politicians also attend.
What is Back British Farming Day?
The annual initiative comes from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and aims to raise awareness of local agriculture.
The NFU tweeted in 2021: “Today is #BackBritishFarmingDay, an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work British farmers are putting in to feed the nation.
“Follow @NFUTweets throughout the day as they share the best of UK farming.
“It’s #PMQs in the House of Commons now and you might see a lot of MPs wearing these badges and wondering what they mean.
“We invited all MPs to show their support for British farming on #BackBritishFarmingDay by wearing a wool and wheat sheaf pin.”
The day celebrates the values of British agriculture and underscores their importance to the British economy.
It reminds politicians that the UK’s food and farming industry contributes more than £120 billion to the UK economy and employs four million people each year.
Which MEPs have been seen with a sheaf of wheat?
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer also showed his support for the cause, sporting three sheaves of wheat proudly displayed on his suit.
dr North Somerset MP Liam Fox proudly wore his wheat on his tie in a Twitter photo.
Montgomeryshire MP Craig Williams posted a short clip on Twitter showing off his emblem.
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley also showed his support on Twitter with some wheat on his shirt.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, was also spotted wearing the badge as he kept order in the house.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did not wear the 2022 sheaf but supported the union via Twitter.
He said: “Representing one of the most rural constituencies in the UK, I will always be #BackBritishFarming.
“Promoting our food and farming sector is at the heart of this government’s manifesto and we will ensure our farmers have the support they need to thrive.”
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