Robert Goodwill MP
Robert Goodwill is the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby. He was appointed the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 5 March 2019, where his responsibilities include food, farming, science and innovation. Other roles Robert Goodwill has held include government whip with a responsibility for HM Treasury and Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs business, Minister of State at the Department for Transport from December 2015 until July 2016, and Minister of State at the Department for Education from June 2017 to January 2018. Prior to his election to the House of Commons in 2005, Mr Goodwill was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1999, serving in Brussels and Strasbourg until the 2004 European election. He was Deputy Leader of the Conservative MEPs during his term.
Mr Goodwill has a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and since 1979 has farmed the 250ac family farm near Malton in North Yorkshire. The predominantly arable farm has been in the family since the 1850s, and Mr Goodwill previously served as the Chairman of the North Yorkshire Cereals and Livestock Committee of the NFU. He has a keen interest in steam engines and steam ploughing.