Ex-UDV chief blasts Jenkins and Britnell

UNDER FIRE: Woolsthorpe farmer Roma Britnell is running for Liberal Party pre-selection in South West Coast. Photo: Rob Gunstone.FORMER United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) TyranJones has criticised his successors for seeking to run at the impending Western District by-elections.
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Mr Jones has claimed UDV president Adam Jenkins and vice-president Roma Britnell have underminedthe dairy lobby group by nominating forLiberal Party pre-selection in Polwarth and South West Coast respectively.

The former president said Mr Jenkins and Mrs Britnell should consider not returning to their executive roles if they failed in their pre-selection bids, due next weekend.

“Peak farming groups, like all advocacy groups, need to be apolitical,” Mr Jones told ABC radio.

“It’s critical they can work with the government of the day. If we have declared partisans representing us (Mr Jenkins and Mrs Britnell) it compromises our position.”

Mr Jones resigned as UDV president in January at a policy council meeting in Colac and was replaced by Mr Jenkins, a dairy farmer atSouth Purrumbete.

Mr Jenkins acknowledged at the time that Mr Jones’ leadership style was not working and that the UDV needed a fresh approach.

Both Mr Jenkins and Mrs Britnell were confirmed as nominees by the Liberal Party on Tuesday afternoon ahead of pre-selection ballots scheduled for September 19 and 20.

Both cannot comment on their respective pre-selections due to the party’s constitution.

Mrs Britnell faces five competitors for South West Coast pre-selection: Warrnambool’s Jacinta Anderson, Myamyn’s Deborah Keiller,Port Fairy’s Tom Napthine, Woodend’s Donna Petrovich andPortland’s Anita Rank.

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