David Heath

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome

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

Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Justice
  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Defence
  • Health
  • Departments: Advertising
  • Prisons
  • Tetra
  • Post-Mortems: Children
  • Immigration

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
  • Member, Science, Innovation and Technology Committee (25 Nov 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ( 6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (17 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons ( 8 Jan 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Justice Committee (26 Mar 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (20 Dec 2007 to 1 Mar 2008)
  • Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (13 Jul 2005 to 2 May 2006)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) ( 1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2007)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (10 May 2005 to 20 Dec 2007)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) ( 1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, Standards and Privileges Committee ( 5 Nov 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Science, Innovation and Technology Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 10 Nov 2003)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) ( 1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) ( 1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) ( 1 Jun 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs: Entry Clearance Sub-Committee (29 Jan 1998 to 19 Nov 1998)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (16 Jul 1997 to 1 Nov 1999)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) ( 1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 1999)

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Recent appearances

  • Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate 26 Mar 2015

    I always said that I would leave this place before I lost the buzz of having the privilege of speaking in this Chamber. I am very happy to say that after 18 years I am doing that. There are many people who did not think I would last 18 years. The late Lord Rees-Mogg wrote an article every time I stood for election, saying that on the basis of an extensive poll of his friends and family, I was...
  • Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2): Procedure of the House 26 Mar 2015

    Further to the point of order, Mr Speaker. There is, of course, another way. The Leader of the House could withdraw the motion—[Hon. Members: “Withdraw, withdraw.”] I have to say that although I would always support a secret ballot, I very much dislike the way in which this matter has been brought before the House today.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing 26 Mar 2015

    Forty years ago, when I was president of a students union, I was visited by officers from King’s Cross special branch, whose express purpose was to tell me that they had a file on me. Like the right hon. Member for Neath (Mr Hain), I do not take that desperately seriously, given the circumstances of the time, but I do take very seriously the matter of files being kept on Members of this...

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.

1. Directorships
From 21 January 2015, Member of the Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, 2nd Floor, 24 Martin Lane, London EC4R 0DR. Annual salary of £12,500 for an expected time commitment of at least 20 days per year. (Registered 23 January 2015)

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