MY letter of September 4 stated in brief that the most important farming legislation in generations passed its third reading in Parliament despite warnings that in a bid to make the UK market pliable for a post-Brexit US trade deal, protections of minimum food safety standards have evaporated, as have safeguards for Britain’s farmers.

With most MPs still socially distanced at home, MPs passed the legislation’s third reading in a virtual vote – 360 to 211 despite guarantees of a minimum standard to protect British food – and therefore British farming – being absent from the overhaul of UK agriculture.

You may ask how our Watford MP, Dean Russell voted. He voted with the Government, of course, despite assuring many us, previously, that the Government would not reduce farming standards.

John Maguire

Rickmansworth Road, Watford