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Oliver Heald’s voting in Parliament
Oliver Heald is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.
This is a random selection of Oliver Heald’s votes.
Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
6 votes for, 10 votes against, between 1997–2017.
Almost always voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
6 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2007–2016.
Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
1 vote for, 15 votes against, 5 absences, between 2015–2022.
Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
54 votes for, 3 votes against, 8 absences, between 2012–2022.
Almost always voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
8 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2010–2021.
Generally voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
2 votes for, 5 votes against, between 2013–2022.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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Oliver Heald has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to respond to an email from Lesley Taunton dated 18 October 2022.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Bill of Rights places the Supreme Court at the top of the decision-making tree for rights, and so does our constitutional settlement as regards the devolved nations? Does he agree that we would look to the Supreme Court for correct, rightful decisions in this area, as we have just seen in another context?
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Conservative MP for North East Hertfordshire
Entered the House of Commons on 9 April 1992 — General election
Also represented Hertfordshire North
Topics of interest
Oliver Heald campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Constitutional Affairs
- Work and Pensions
- Duchy of Lancaster
- Cabinet Office
- Mental Health
- Departmental Internet
- Departments: Manpower
- Departmental Consultants
- Departmental Information Officers
Currently held offices
- Member, Local Government (Disqualification) Bill Committee (since 24 Nov 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 20 May 2021)
- The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (16 Jul 2016 to 12 Jun 2017)
- Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
- The Solicitor-General (6 Sep 2012 to 15 Jul 2014)
- Member, Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) (23 Jun 2011 to 26 Mar 2012)
- Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (26 Oct 2010 to 15 Oct 2012)
- Member, Standards and Privileges Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 12 Dec 2012)
- Member, Committee of Selection (26 Oct 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (22 Oct 2007 to 29 Oct 2012)
- Shadow Secretary of State (10 May 2005 to 3 Jul 2007)
- Shadow Secretary of State (Justice) (15 Jun 2004 to 3 Jul 2007)
- Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (9 Dec 2003 to 13 Jul 2005)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (1 Jun 2003 to 1 Jun 2005)
- Shadow Cabinet Minister (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2003)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Health) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jun 2000 to 1 Jun 2001)
- Member, Administration Committee (22 Jun 1998 to 21 Feb 2000)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 2000)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) (6 Jul 1995 to 2 May 1997)
- Member, Employment Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 31 Oct 1994)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 28 Nov 2022.
From 11 April 2018, member (unpaid) of the Independent High-Level Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam. I may receive expenses for travel and subsistence for visits and meetings in the UK
and overseas. (Registered 17 July 2018)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
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