John Whittingdale visited Wilkin & Sons for a meeting with members of the Essex NFU involved in Horticulture to discuss current issues affecting the industry. John was given a tour of Bounds Farm, Goldhanger, where strawberries are grown for, among other products, the company's famous Little Scarlet jam. John is seen here with Bernard Jenkin, M\P for North Essex, and Priti Patel, prospective Conservative candidate for Witham, being shown some of the fruit by Chris Newenham, Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons.

Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the future of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, Water Use and Irrigation licences, Sea Defences and Energy Costs.