Neil Parish has been elected as Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.
Neil Parish said on the election: "I am very pleased to have been nominated as chair of the EFRA committee. Over the past five years, I have enjoyed being a member of the Committee and look forward to helping make sure that issues concerning our countryside, environment, flooding and food security are properly dealt with. I also look forward very much to working with parliamentary colleagues across the parties to contribute to shaping policy in those areas."
Watch a one minute video of Neil Parish MP, as he outlines his views of the challenges for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs as he takes on lead role in scrutinising Defra. Click here to view it.
The remaining members of the Committee will be nominated by the House in the coming weeks.
Who is Neil Parish?
A farmer from the South West of England, Neil was first elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton and has been a member of the cross-party EFRA committee since then. Neil was previously Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pigs and Poultry and is well acquainted with farming and rural issues.