Sir Robert Goodwill elected Chair of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee replacing former Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish

Sir Robert Goodwill elected Chair of EFRA Committee replacing former Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish who resigned

It has been announced by the Speaker o the Parliament that Sir Robert Goodwill has been elected Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. 

Five candidates were nominated for the role of Chair, triggering an election between: 

  • Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds 
  • Sir Robert Goodwill, Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby 
  • Dr Neil Hudson, Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border 
  • Anthony Mangnall, Member of Parliament for Totnes 
  • Derek Thomas, Member of Parliament for St Ives The supporting statement for the winning candidate is available here. 
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Sir Robert Goodwill will take up his position with immediate effect and serve to the end of the current Parliament. 

The new Chair was elected from the Conservative Party, as agreed by the party leaders following the results of the last General Election. 

The procedure for the election of chairs is set out in Standing Orders Nos 122B and 122C. MPs voted by ranking candidates in order of preference and votes were counted under the Alternative Vote System. 

The election for the Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee follows the resignation of Neil Parish as a Member of Parliament on 04 May 2022. 

Mr Parish resigned as an MP after he was caught watching pornography twice in Parliament. The former MP from Tiverton and Honiton in Devon since 2010, said it had been a “moment of madness”. 

On BBC South West he apologised for his actions saying, “I was wrong, I was stupid, I lost sense of mind,” he said, adding that he was making a “total full apology” for his actions. 

Sir Robert Goodwill is a British Conservative Party politician and farmer serving as Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005. The 65yr old was previously a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber. 

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Sir Robert Goodwill elected Chair of EFRA Committee 

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