Neil Parish was first elected MP for Tiverton and Honiton in 2010. Since 2015, he has been the Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
In his time as EFRA Chair, Neil has led inquiries into air quality, flood prevention, air quality, the welfare of domestic pets and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
Before entering politics, Neil managed the family farm in Somerset after leaving school at 16 years old.
He served as a Member of the European Parliament for the South West from 1999 to 2009. In the European Parliament, Neil was the Chairman of the agriculture and rural development committee. During his time as Chairman he was reportedly described as a ‘Rottweiler’ by David Miliband, the then Secretary of State for Defra, for his dogged persistence.
Neil has also acted as an election monitor during Zimbabwe's 2000 Presidential elections, where he criticised the conduct of Robert Mugabe's regime. During the 2008 Presidential Election he called on the British Government to reject the legitimacy of ZANU-PF and to recognise Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party as the democratically elected Government of Zimbabwe. Neil was subsequently banned from re-entering the country – a ban that remains to this day.
One of Neil's passions is animal welfare, and he has led a number of campaigns, including those against cruel bear bile farming in China, live animal exports to the Middle East, and a ban on wild animals in circuses.
Neil is married to Sue and has two children and two grandchildren.