Westminster News

Meeting with Danish Agriculture Committee

As Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Neil welcomed his counterparts in the Danish Agriculture Committee to Parliament.

Neil said:

Backing British Farming

Neil signed the National Farmers' Union pledge board on Back British Farming Day.

Farmers in the South West contribute £1.25 billion to the local economy and provides 66,079 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain.

Neil grills Michael Gove

The new Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Neil, welcomed Secretary of State, Michael Gove, for a 90 minute evidence session on the work of his Department.

Supporting a Tidal Lagoon for Swansea

The Bristol Channel has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world. We should harness this natural resource to create clean, green, domestic energy for decades to come. We can start this process by building a tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay.

Neil calls for simplification of environmental schemes

In the House of Commons, Neil pressed the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs on simplifying environmental schemes post-Brexit. Neil supports a 'Green Brexit' where farmers are rewarded for enhancing our natural environment, through agri-environmental schemes.

Merging Income Tax and National Insurance

Neil asked Treasury Minister's about merging Income Tax and National Insurance into a single income tax. Since receipts from both taxes go into the same general pot, Neil advocated gradually merging the two taxes to make the tax system simpler and clearer.

Neil meets top young Devon stonemason

Neil welcomed 22-year-old Archie Stoke-Faiers to Parliament to congratulate him on being chosen to represent the UK in architectural stonemasonary at the Skills Olympics 2017. 

Neil re-elected Chair of EFRA Select Committee

Neil was re-elected Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

In a secret ballot among all MPs, Neil received 57% of the vote and won in the first round. The results were:

Neil Parish: 324

Bill Wiggin: 137

Zac Goldsmith: 107

Local Devon Beer in House of Commons Bar

Neil pulled a pint of Branscombe Vale Brewery's 'Summa This' ale celebrate the local beer being a gust drink in the House of Commons' 'Strangers' Bar.