Westminster News

Famine in Somalia

Neil questioned the Secretary of State for International Development on how Britain can help avert famine in Somalia.

Neil: What steps her Department is taking to tackle famine and food insecurity in Somalia.

Expansion of Grammar School Places

Neil asked what steps the Government is taking to help grammar schools expand. Colyton Grammar School in his constituency is one of the best performing schools in the country - state or private - and wants to take on more pupils.

Increasing sentences for animal cruelty

Neil spoke at a Parliamentary event, organised by the Conservative Women's Organisation, on increasing maximum sentences for those found guilt of animal cruelty offences.

Backing English Wine in our Embassies

Neil has supported a Bill by colleague, Nusrat Ghani MP, to require British embassies and high commissions to purchase English wines and sparkling wines and serve them at overseas functions and events.

Help for Rural Businesses with Rates

Neil intervened in the debate on Local Government Finance to call for greater support for rural businesses with their rates. The Government's business rate re-evaluation will change the taxes paid by many businesses in rural areas.

PMQs - Justice for Barry Pring

Neil asked Theresa May in Prime Minister's Question for justice in the Barry Pring case. The Devon businessman was unlawfully killed in Ukraine in 2008. Neil pressed for the Prime Minister to press the case, which has stalled over the past decade, with her Ukrainian counterpart.

Tougher Sentences for Animal Abusers

Neil spoke at a Parliamentary event, organised by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, to call for far stronger sentences for those convicted of animal cruelty offences. Neil gave his backing to the campaign for the maximum sentence for animal abuse to be increased from six months to five years.

Neil calls for more Funding for Devon Schools

Neil called for additional funding for Devon's rural schools in the proposed new National Funding Formula. You can read the answer from the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, below.