Jeffrey M. Donaldson

DUP Chief Whip

DUP MP for Lagan Valley


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Jeffrey M. Donaldson’s voting in Parliament

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Treasury: Royal Ulster Constabulary: Museums and Galleries 20 Sep 2022

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the funding his Department committed for the establishment of a Royal Ulster Constabulary museum in Northern Ireland is still available.
  • Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen 9 Sep 2022

    On behalf of my colleagues in the Democratic Unionist party and on behalf of many across Northern Ireland, I wish to offer our sincere sympathy to His Majesty the King and to other members of the royal family on the passing of our dear sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. In Counties Antrim and Armagh, Down and Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone, individuals and families will gather in their...
  • Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: New Clause 12 - Adjudications of matters pertaining to international law 20 Jul 2022

    I will be brief. I thank the Minister and his team for the work they have done on this Bill, and I thank other right hon. and hon. Members for the contributions they have made to the Committee stage. The Democratic Unionist party supports this Bill. We believe that the Government are right to act at this time; that a very real issue needs to be addressed; and that Northern Ireland at the...

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DUP MP for Lagan Valley, Former DUP MLA for Lagan Valley

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election

Left the Assembly on 9 June 2010 — Resigned

Party was UUP until 22 Jun 2003; UUP until 18 Dec 2003; Independent Ulster Unionist until 4 Jan 2004; Independent Unionist until 15 Jan 2004

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Topics of interest

Jeffrey M. Donaldson campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • Northern Ireland
  • Defence
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Treasury
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Royal Irish Regiment
  • Parades Commission
  • Police Service
  • Abortion: Drugs
  • Army: Northern Ireland

Currently held offices

  • DUP Chief Whip (since 8 May 2015)
  • Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business in the House of Commons) (since 8 May 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence) (8 May 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (20 Apr 2011 to 1 Jun 2002)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Defence Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Transport Committee (9 Nov 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Transport) (1 Jun 2009 to 1 Jun 2010)
  • Member, Members' Allowances Committee (18 May 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence) (1 Jun 2007 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jun 2007 to 1 Jun 2010)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (International Development) (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2007)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Transport) (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2007)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) (1 Jun 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 Jun 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, Transport Committee (4 May 2004 to 12 Jul 2007)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Shadow Minister (Defence) (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (16 Jul 2001 to 24 Oct 2005)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (7 Jun 2001 to 25 Oct 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
  • Member, Transport Sub-committee (14 Jun 2000 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Committee (12 Jun 2000 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (28 Jul 1997 to 12 Jun 2000)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) (1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 2000)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Sep 2022.

8. Miscellaneous
Director, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building; a company limited by guarantee, based in Northern Ireland. This position is currently unremunerated. (Registered 06 May 2014)
Since January 2014, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Causeway Institute (CIPCRI Ltd); a sister company to Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution and also a private company limited by guarantee, operating on a not for profit basis, to promote and share the Northern Ireland experience of peace-building and conflict resolution in the UK and overseas. This is an unremunerated position requiring not more than 2-4 hours per month. (Registered 02 February 2017)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Eleanor Donaldson, as a Secretary.

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