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Sheryll Murray MP

Sheryll was born and lives in the village of Millbrook, Cornwall with her husband Bob and has two grown up children. She is the widow of a fisherman and was very involved in the running of the family business. She is a former Secretary of the Looe Fishermen’s Protection Society, Director of the Fishermen’s Association Ltd., Chairman of a Fish Producer Organisation and Secretary of the Plymouth Sea Safety Group. She has also represented the UK at EU meetings on Fishing Safety and women in fisheries conferences and been a Member of the Seafish Training Board Southwest. She has been a Member of Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee and a Member of the Fishing Industry Safety Group.

In Parliament she has been the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and currently sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.


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CO-CHAIR

Melanie Onn MP

Melanie Onn was elected as Labour MP for Great Grimsby in 2015. One of her first major achievements as an MP was successfully negotiating the retention of hundreds of jobs at Grimsby seafood firm Young’s Seafood, after the loss of a major contract. The fisheries industry (principally processing) remains integral to her constituency’s identity and economy, and as such she has championed its interests in matters of policy and debate.

She has previously served as Shadow Housing Minister and Shadow Deputy Leader. She has also focused her time in parliament on issues such as renewable energy and women’s rights.


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VICE CHAIR

Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP

Alistair Carmichael has served as Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland since 2001. He was brought up on the island of Islay, and his connection to island tradition gives him a strong belief in the power of communities to decide their own futures. Fishing remains central to the islands’ economy, and as a result he takes a proactive interest in fisheries policy.


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David Duguid MP

David Duguid has served as Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan since June 2017. He is a ‘relentless’ member of the Fisheries Bill Committee, lending his expertise to shaping fisheries policy for a sustainable post-EU Britain. His constituency boasts several major ports, including the largest whitefish port and the largest Norway lobster port in Europe. His other interests include the energy industry and agriculture.


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Liz Saville Roberts MP

Liz Saville Roberts has served as MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd since May 2015, and is also parliamentary leader for Plaid Cymru. She lives in the village of Morfa Nefyn, which holds a strong maritime tradition and is home to a number of in-shore commercial fishing ventures. She champions Wales’ fishing fleet, some of whom are her own family members.


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Baroness Wilcox

Born in Plymouth, Judith Wilcox ran a very successful seafood business supplying fish to major retailers. Having fostered a deep connection with the sea her whole life, she has been a council member of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen (the Fishermen's Mission), and enjoys sailing in her spare time.  

She was created a Conservative life peer in 1996 for her services to consumers.  She was the first chair of the National Consumer Council and is currently President of the National Consumer Federation.  In the Lords she has served on numerous Select Committees, as an Opposition Whip and Minister for Intellectual Property and her main interests include the fishing and marine industries, intellectual property and finance. 


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Martin Vickers MP

Martin was born and raised in Cleethorpes, being educated locally at Havelock School and Grimsby College. He is passionate about his hometown and surrounding area and served 26 years as a councillor, including six years as the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services.

Martin was elected as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Cleethorpes in May 2010. Since then, he has been a member of the Transport Select Committee and is now a member of the Health and Social Care Committee. Further to this, Martin chairs several All Party Parliamentary Groups: the APPG for Freeports, APPG for Rail, APPG for Oil Refining and the APPGs for Kosovo and North Macedonia as well as playing a leading role in a number of other All Party Groups.


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Angus Brendan was born and raised on the Island of Barra where he is still an active crofter. In 2005 he was elected MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles) which holds a significant fishing community. Angus has worked on fishing boats twice, both in 1995 and 2003.

 Angus has lobbied the Home Office tirelessly for many years to allow visas for non-EU fishermen to come and work in the fishing communities throughout Scotland. During his time in Parliament he has served as Chairman of the Energy and  Climate Change Select Committee and he is currently Chairman of the International Trade Select Committee since 2017.


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Peter Aldous MP

Peter Aldous is the Member of Parliament for the Waveney constituency in North Suffolk and has been the MP since being elected in the 2010 General Election. He was born in Ipswich and has lived in North Suffolk most of his life. Before entering Parliament, he helped look after the family pig and arable farm outside Halesworth and worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Norwich and Ipswich.