Tory farming spokesman quits

12 November 1999

Tory farming spokesman quits

PATRICK NICHOLLS, MP for Teinbridge, resigned as an agricultural spokesman from William Hagues shadow Conservative team.

He told the Conservative leader that he wanted to speak on a wider range of issues that were relevant to his constituency. He was a junior minister under Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Nicholls was a junior employment minister between 1987 and 1990 and a junior environment minister in 1990.

His ministerial career ended in abruptly in September 1990 when he was caught drink-driving during the Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth.

Mr Nicholls has been replaced by Malcolm Moss, currently a Northern Ireland spokesman.

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