A NUMBER of tractors have assembled outside Venue Cymru in Llandudno this morning (February 23) prior to the Welsh Conservatives Conference taking place.

This follows a similar protest by farmers during First Minister Mark Drakeford’s visit to Rhyl on Wednesday (February 21) to open Coleg Llandrillo’s new engineering centre in the town.

About 200 farmers followed the First Minister to the Rhyl college, prompting a large police presence.

North Wales Pioneer: Tractors arrive by Venue CymruTractors arrive by Venue Cymru (Image: Submitted)


Rhyl: First Minister Mark Drakeford and protestors

Farmer protest during Mark Drakeford's visit to Rhyl college

They are believed to be protesting against a new Welsh Government sustainable farming scheme, which replaces the EU subsidies that are no longer available due to Brexit.

Ministers have said the scheme will support farmers while addressing the climate crisis, but many of those in opposition are said to worry that too much land used for producing food will be lost.

North Wales Pioneer: Protestors in LlandudnoProtestors in Llandudno (Image: Denise Howard)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been visiting North Wales this week to see how the Levelling Up agenda is impacting the region.

This year, the Welsh Conservatives conference will have keynote addresses from senior members of the cabinet, the Secretary of State for Wales, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senedd.

A supper, held prior to the conference, took place at the Llandudno Bay Hotel last night.