Westminster News

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.

Backing British Farming

Neil pledged to back British Farming at the National Farmers' Union summer reception in Parliament.

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.