Supporting Rural Communities

Part of my job as the MP for Skipton and Ripon is to help people cope with the challenges of living and working in such a rural area. I am supporting farmers by campaigning within Government on issues from milk prices to livestock movement, agricultural crime to farm payments.

Last year, I hosted a discussion event at Skipton Auction Mart with the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP. Local residents were able to voice their concerns or hopes for the future of agriculture in the UK. I have recently met with groups at Bolton Abbey and Skipton, and I will continue to be a strong voice for local farmers as the Government works to ensure that leaving the EU will benefit this vital industry.

I have also led the political campaign to get more investment in broadband - this originally saw more than £70m come to North Yorkshire for the roll-out of high speed, reliable internet connections. A further £20.5m of public funding was allocated last year for North Yorkshire as part of phase 3 for the superfast broadband roll-out. And most recently I supported North Yorkshire’s bid for the Full Fibre Wave 2 Challenge Fund– leading to an additional £15m from DCMS to improve broadband in our area.

This process is ongoing but already tens of thousands of premises have better broadband.

News

MP meets with local farmers and the NFU

Julian Smith MP met some local farmers and representatives of the NFU to discuss local concerns and consider the exciting opportunities presented by Brexit.

MP meets local landowners

Julian Smith has recently met a number of local landowners and some of the people who support these businesses and manage the land.

Closure at Castleberg Hospital

Julian Smith MP has written to the Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the local CCG, following the recent news that a decision has been made to close Harden Ward at Castleberg Hospital in Settle.