Phelim comes from a small farming background in Co Tyrone. He graduated in law and spent his working career in the meat industry.
The Conservative Party has published its manifesto ahead of the 8 June general election, in which it is a favourite.
By Phelim O'Neill on 19 May 2017
With demand high in the USA and China and supplies limited, there is a strong global demand for beef
Solving the EU / UK land border will require an entirely new creation to prevent serious disruption to cross-border trade.
The EU ruling on Singapore trade deal requires member state approval of non-direct foreign investment and disputes resolution, but everything else is left in EU control.
By Phelim O'Neill on 16 May 2017