Jim Paice made DEFRA minister

Conservative MP Jim Paice has been announced as farming minister in the new DEFRA line-up.



Mr Paice will join Caroline Spelman, who was handed the environment secretary role on Wednesday.


A former farm manager and shadow farm minister since 2004, Mr Paice will be seen as a popular choice among farmers for his agricultural background and knowledge.


He has been outspoken in his support for a targeted badger cull to tackle bovine TB and for a watchdog to monitor retailer behaviour towards suppliers.







JIM PAICE in a minute:


| Something of a stalwart of agricultural politics, former farm manager Jim Paice became an MP in 1987.


| Born in Suffolk, he studied Agriculture at Writtle Agricultural College, after which he spent 17 years as a farmer, farm manager and contractor.


| He became a training manager at Framlingham Management and Training Services and later a director at United Framlingham Farmers.


| He has held the South East Cambridgeshire seat for the last 23 years, becoming a parliamentary private secretary at MAFF and spokesman for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1997.


| He was appointed Shadow Minister for Home, Constitutional and Legal Affairs before becoming Shadow Minister for Agriculture in September 2004.


| Mr Paice lives in Fordham with his wife, Ava.


 


What do you think of the appointments? Have your say on the FWi forums.

Futures markets and commodity risk management online course:

  • Risk management strategies for a more predictable financial performance
  • Educated conversations when collaborating with your advisors
  • Negotiate better prices with your grain merchants

View course

Futures markets and commodity risk management online course:

  • Risk management strategies for a more predictable financial performance
  • Educated conversations when collaborating with your advisors
  • Negotiate better prices with your grain merchants

View course

Using contractors saves you time and money. Now you can book, track and pay all in one place. Register for early access today.

Find out more