Rebecca Pow MP (Conservative)
Rebecca was elected Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane in June 2015. She is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
Rebecca is very focused on rural life with Taunton having been her home for 27 years and before this rural Somerset. Her husband. Charles, is a 7th generation agricultural auctioneer all of whom have been based in the county and Rebecca comes from a long line of farmers, all from Somerset
A scientist by training, a former BBC,ITV and C4 reporter, specialising in the environment, farming and gardening Rebecca has also worked for the National Farmers Union, standing up for the agricultural community in dealings with Brussels. Rebecca has a strong interest in high welfare standards for farm animals and responsible pet ownership.
Angela Smith MP (Labour)
Angela was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hillsborough from 2005 to 2010 when she was then elected to represent the new constituency of Penistone and Stockbridge. In July 2009, she introduced a ten-minute rule bill to the House of Commons to change the law to give people more legal protection against attacks by dogs. She worked with the RSPCA on this issue and was also awarded the League Against Cruel Sports' Parliamentarian of the Year in 2013 for her efforts against the trial badger cull as well as recognition for her wider campaign in protecting animals from cruelty. After a spell as opposition Whip, Angela was promoted to the front bench as the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House in October 2010 and then in 2014 she became the Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare. She was voted Constituency MP of the year 2011-12, voted for by fellow MPs.
Henry Smith MP (Conservative)
Henry was first elected to Parliament in 2010, having stood in Crawley at the previous two General Elections.
Henry has previously worked in the NHS. He was elected as a West Sussex County Councillor in 1997, where he served full time, with a property investment business based in Crawley.
Henry is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.
Henry has been campaigning for animal welfare issues since his election in 2010 and already have a good relationship with many of the member organisations of APGAW. He is a vegetarian and led debates on CCTV in Slaughterhouses and Opposing the Badger Cull in the last Parliament.