Jim Paice has released a statement following his removal from his role of farm minister.

The MP was clearly devastated by the news, which he received at the Livestock 2012 event on Tuesday (4 September). He is replaced by David Heath MP.

Statement from Rt. Jim Paice MP

“Obviously I am disappointed at losing my position as Minister of Agriculture and Food, it was a job close to heart and throughout nearly 2.5 years I tried hard to help the industry to adapt to change and for the food industry to play its part in economic recovery.

“After 23 years continuous service on the Conservative front bench both in Government and in Opposition it will be a great change to move to backbenches. Nevertheless I am privileged to have been able to serve and I shall now devote my time to my constituency and with my family. As I have said repeatedly to farmers change should be seen as an opportunity – that applies to me now!”

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