TIVERTON’S new MP, Neil Parish, has been elected onto the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

The committee is elected by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its associated public bodies including the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Commission for Rural Communities.

Mr Parish said: “I am very pleased that I am going to be part of putting our rural economy back on track.

“The countryside has suffered a decade of neglect and our rural businesses are over-regulated and unappreciated.

“I am looking forward to working with Defra, but I won’t shy away from causing mischief if they are not acting in the best interest of the environment and taxpaying public.”