The ministry monitor: Interview with EFRA chair Neil Parish

With staff shortages, Brexit and a flagship environment strategy to grapple with, DEFRA is not short of challenges. Rachel Salvidge asks the chair of its watchdog, Neil Parish, whether the department is in safe hands and what he will be keeping his eye on

Neil Parish
Neil Parish, chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee

Neil Parish leads me through the gleaming glass atrium of Portcullis House and into the older and rather less salubrious warren that makes up the MPs’ quarters. Parish lives a busy life, not only is he Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, he is the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee and still has an interest in the family farm. It’s easy to imagine him happier on the land than hemmed into the these offices.

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