One of Helen's top priorities this week was to seek assurances that the farming community in Bishop Auckland constituency would continue to receive vital financial support following the country's decision to leave the EU. On Monday she took the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons Chamber.
"The farming community will be affected by this vote almost more than any other." Helen told the Prime Minister. "It, too, was promised a continuation of subsidies and support. What reassurance can the Prime Minister give it that this will indeed be the case?"
The Prime Minister replied:
"I can say what I said during the campaign, which is that as far as I am concerned, I want a living, working countryside where we continue to support our farmers. That was guaranteed as part of the EU up to 2020. What is going to happen now is that those farm payments will continue up until we leave and, at the point at which we leave, a new Government will have to make a decision. Certainly, I will be pressing for continued support for agriculture because, as I say, our countryside is as it is because it is farmed, and long may that continue to be the case."
You can watch the exchange here.