Neil Hudson is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border, elected in 2019. Neil is a Veterinary Surgeon with specialised training and experience in Equine Medicine and prior to entering Parliament has worked in large and small animal veterinary practice and academia in the UK and Australia. In Parliament, Neil is an active member of the Cross Party (Conservative, Labour, SNP) House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
In 2001, Neil spent a period as a Veterinary Inspector during the 2001 Foot and Mouth Crisis. He has postgraduate qualifications in Equine Medicine and Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Neil is the first vet in the House of Commons since 1884 and brings extensive real-life experience to help inform policy in areas such as education, rural affairs, animal welfare, science and health.
Neil is married with two sons. Outside politics, his interests include football, cricket, cycling, music, theatre and walking his dog Juno.
Neil is passionate about standing up for the needs and concerns of the constituents of Penrith and The Border.