Westminster News

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.

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.

Visit to Food Waste Energy Plant

As part of the Environment Select Committee's inquiry into food waste, Neil visited the Bio-Collectors anaerobic digestion plant in Mitcham (South London).