Joe Morris, Hexham's Labour candidate, has promised to support farmers across the constituency, including Tynedale, Ponteland, West Newcastle, and Kielder.

Mr Morris, who recently met with representatives of the local farming community, has described how he would champion constituents' needs.

He said: "It was great to meet with and hear from representatives of the local farming community.

"If I’m given the privilege of being the first ever Labour MP for this constituency, I’ll always stand up for and listen to constituents – including farmers.

"Last week, we discussed a range of topics including farming payments, environmental issues, trade deals, self sufficiency and food security. It was great to hear first-hand from farmers working across the area about the challenges they face."

The candidate pledged, if elected, to help deliver a 'new deal for farmers’.

He said: "If elected, I’ll help to deliver a ‘new deal for farmers’ – seeking a veterinary agreement to cut red tape and reduce costs at our borders in order to get our great British food exports moving again and support jobs across Northumberland.

"I’ll push for the Government to use British produce wherever we can – boosting jobs further by maximising local, sustainable food.

"We’ll make it easier for farmers to plug their renewable energy into the grid and establish a taskforce to make the whole of the UK more resilient when it comes to flooding.

"We’ll cut the energy bills of farmers, businesses and everyone by establishing GB Energy.’