Neil Parish elected as Chair

10 July 2017

The new Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is Neil Parish.

Following nominations and elections among MPs, Neil Parish has been elected Chair of the committee for the 2017 Parliament.

The secret ballot of MPs took place on Wednesday, 12th July. Votes were counted under the Alternative Vote system.

The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament was announced in the House of Commons by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed here.

Neil Parish will formally take up position as chair of the committee when the remaining members of the committee have been named by the House.

Following his re-election Neil Parish said:

"I am delighted to have been re-elected as Chair of the EFRA Committee.

The coming months are crucial for Defra in preparing for the Brexit negotiations. My Committee has a vital role to play.

I look forward to working with colleagues across the House to hold the Government’s feet to the fire on issues such as Brexit preparations, post-Brexit agricultural policy and air quality.

I am keen to continue our work listening to the concerns of rural communities and stakeholders in the agricultural and environmental sectors to make sure their voices are heard in Parliament."

Here is a breakdown of the result:

1st round
Zac Goldsmith 107
Neil Parish 324 Elected
Bill Wiggin 137

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