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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.

NFU Conference - Post-Brexit Farming

Neil took part in a conference, organised by the National Farmers' Union, on farming in post Brexit Britain. Top of the agenda were agricultural subsidies, access to labour and maintaining free trade for selling UK food and drinks products into European markets. 

More Support for Low Emissions Vehicles

On his first full day back in Westminster after hip replacement surgery, Neil made a speech calling for greater support for Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles. The speech can be read below:

 

Help for Young Farmers

Neil spoke at the launch of Natwest's report on helping young people in the farming industry. 

The report, Harvesting the Future for Young Farmers, identifies problems which stop young people going into farming, including lack of access to finance and problems diversifying produce.

Neil praises game-changer broadband deal for Devon

Neil has welcomed a game-changing broadband deal that will deliver a £62.25 million network to an additional 35,225 of the hardest to reach homes and businesses in Devon and Somerset by 2019.