John Whittingdale

MP, Maldon

Maldon Conservative

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How John Whittingdale voted since 2001
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  • Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Source
  • Voted moderately against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Source
  • Voted very strongly for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Source
  • Voted very strongly for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source
  • Voted strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs Source
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John Whittingdale sometimes rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Internet: Copyright 26 Mar 2015

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to Penalty Fair, the Intellectual Property Office study of criminal sanctions for copyright infringement available under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, what plans his Department has to strengthen the penalties for online copyright infringement.
  • Business of the House: 1915 Armenian Genocide 23 Mar 2015

    I congratulate the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound) on obtaining this debate and putting with his customary eloquence the case for why it is important that we in this House remember what was one of the first great crimes of the 20th century. He has worked on behalf of his constituents from Armenia and the Armenian community generally for a long time, and it was a pleasure to be...

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Conservative MP for Maldon

Entered House of Commons on 9 April 1992 — General election

Also represented Maldon and East Chelmsford; Colchester South and Maldon


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Topics of interest

  • Trade and Industry
  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Treasury
  • Health
  • BBC
  • LNM Holdings
  • Unlicensed Broadcasting
  • Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)
  • Copyright

Currently held offices

  • Chair, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (since 11 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (since 11 Jul 2005)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (8 Sep 2011 to 12 Mar 2012)
  • Member, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (14 Jul 2011 to 8 Sep 2011)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1 Jul 2004 to 5 May 2005)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1 Nov 2003 to 1 Jul 2004)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (23 Jul 2002 to 15 Nov 2003)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry) (18 Sep 2001 to 23 Jul 2002)
  • Member, Trade & Industry Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 29 Oct 2001)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 1998 to 1 Jun 1999)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 1998)
  • Member, Health Committee (5 Jul 1993 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (27 Apr 1992 to 21 Mar 1997)

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  • Has spoken in 18 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 7 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 76.33% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 6 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 447 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Mar 2015.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from ComRes, Four Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for participation in surveys:
5 March 2014, payment of £75 for participation in January 2014 Parliamentary Panel survey. Hours: approx 45 mins. (Registered 17 March 2014)
6 June 2014, payment of £75 for participation in April 2014 Parliamentary Panel survey. Hours: approx 45 mins. (Registered 21 July 2014)
29 July 2014, payment of £75 for participation in May/June 2014 Parliamentary Panel survey. Hours: approx 45 mins. (Registered 29 September 2014)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for participation in surveys:
4 June 2014, received payment of £80 for participation in May 2014 survey. Hours: approx 45 mins. (Registered 21 July 2014)
Cultural and Political Adviser on the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II project in Israel; contract for 12 months. Payments are made by Curzon PR, 28 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 4QR.
21 August 2014, payment of £4,500 for the period 1 May 2014 to 31 October 2014. Hours: approx 15 hrs. (Registered 29 September 2014)
24 September 2014, payment of £200 from Ipsos MORI, 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1FY for participating in an opinion research interview. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 13 October 2014)
6. Overseas visits
Name of donor: The Taipei Representative Office in the UK (TRO)
Address of donor: 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): the approximate amount includes accommodation £600, food £300 and return flights £2,400; total £3,300
Destination of visit: Taiwan
Date of visit: 26 July-2 August 2014
Purpose of visit: As part of the British-Taiwanese APPG, to promote the understanding of Taiwan and strengthen UK-Taiwan relations.
(Registered 6 August 2014)
Name of donor: Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists
Address of donor: Rue d'Arlon 40, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): accommodation £425, and flights £425; total £850
Destination of visit: Kyiv, Ukraine
Date of visit: 21-24 September 2014
Purpose of visit: to meet members of the Ukrainian Government and representatives of Ukrainian political parties.
(Registered 20 October 2014)
Name of donor: British Ukrainian Society
Address of donor: 25 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LY
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): accommodation £185, and flights £1,320; total £1,505
Destination of visit: Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Date of visit: 1 – 2 October 2014
Purpose of visit: to attend the Future Business Ukraine and German-Ukrainian Forum conference.
(Registered 30 October 2014)
8. Land and Property
Flat in London, from which rental income is received. (Registered 8 October 2012)

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