The rottweiler: Neil Parish

If Neil Parish has enemies then they are well hidden. There is an anonymous comment posted on a Conservative party website blog that his recent selection as a prospective candidate for the UK national parliament is a “real triumph for mediocrity”, but that has the whiff of sour grapes about it. By the time the UK general election is held, Parish will have served more than ten years in the European Parliament, one of three Conservatives representing south-west England. And while there may be an element of resentment born of jealousy from those who begrudge his success, political friends and foes alike recognise that he has worked extremely hard to get where he is.

He left school at the age of 16 with no qualifications, to work on the family farm, taking over from his father and continuing to run the business until the pressures of political life took over.

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