Boris Johnson has responded to Jeremy Clarkson’s request for Parliament to support the farming industry.
Earlier today, the 62-year-old broadcaster complained that farmers have been asked to diversify but are being prevented from doing so by local authorities.
Responding on Twitter, the official No 10 account said: ‘Thanks for this Jeremy, the PM has seen this and his response is incoming.’
While speaking from a field and wearing a hi-vis jacket, the Prime Minister said in a video message that he hoped Clarkson had been able to look at the Government’s current food strategy.
‘What we want to do is back farmers in all sorts of ways,’ he explained.
‘Particularly making sure they have access to the labour they need, but also supporting them when it comes to their fuel costs, their fertiliser costs, but supporting them also with innovation.
Mr Johnson stressed that the government is ‘putting a lot of money into new technology.
He continued: ‘What we want to do particularly for farmers – and I know that you care about this a lot – is ensure that we say that when farmers want to develop their property when they want to turn a barn into a bistro – or whatever you want to do – that we make sure that computer does not say no and we help them, and we help farmers to make the most of their crops and make the most of their land as well.’The former Top Gear host and current presenter of Amazon’s The Grand Tour has become a campaigner for the farming industry after filming his television series Clarkson’s Farm.
Replying to Mr Johnson’s video message on Twitter, Clarkson wrote: ‘Excellent news. Let’s hope the district councils and the silly red trouser people now back down. Britain needs food grown in Britain.’
The former Top Gear host and current presenter of Amazon’s The Grand Tour has become a campaigner for the farming industry after filming his television series Clarkson’s Farm.
The series follows Clarkson’s attempts to grow crops and look after livestock on Diddy Squat, the land he owns in the Cotswolds.
Clarkson’s call for action comes shortly after he claimed in his Sunday Times column that he had been unfairly blocked from selling crayfish in his farm shop.
‘You go down to your own lake… haul in a net full of delicious morsels, and then sell them to passing families as a healthy snack,’ he wrote.