Fighting for our Coast and Countryside

I'll oppose developments that threaten our enviroment, while remembering we need affordable housing in rural areas. I'll work with farmers, residents and Park Authorities on the sustainable management of Exmoor and our countryside. I will always stand up for our vital farming economy and our coastal communities. I'll safeguard our coast and countryside, as I did in opposing the Atlantic Array, Mannings Pit and any unacceptable threat to our estuary.  All the time championing North Devon and backing tourism in every way I can.

I have been one of the longest-serving members of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee.  The group has persuaded the government to introduce tough new rules on micro-plastic pollution blighting our coasts and oceans.  For the rural economy, I have worked closely with North Devon's farming community, and successfully lobbied the government to protect farm subsidies beyond Brexit.