Edward Leigh

MP, Gainsborough

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Gainsborough Conservative

Edward Leigh’s voting in Parliament

Edward Leigh is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Edward Leigh sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Edward Leigh consistently voted against allowing marriage between two people of same sex, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Edward Leigh generally voted against the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs almost always voted for. Show votes
  • Edward Leigh generally voted against fixed periods between parliamentary elections, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Edward Leigh’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Edward Leigh’s full vote analysis page for more.

Edward Leigh has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 20 Dec 2017

Recent appearances

  • Spring Statement 13 Mar 2018

    Perhaps the current Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer could remind the previous Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer that, given where our electoral support comes from, it might not be wise politics to impose a targeted new tax on our older supports. He could also remind our right hon. and learned Friend that he will be delighted to know that after we leave the EU we will be saving...
  • Salisbury Incident 8 Mar 2018

    The circumstantial evidence against Russia is strong—who else would have the motive and the means?—and I will put the same question to the Home Secretary that I put to the Foreign Secretary earlier this week. Those of us who seek to understand Russia know that the only way to preserve peace is through strength. If Russia is behind this, it is a brazen act of war and humiliates our...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission: National Audit Office: Single-use Plastics 8 Mar 2018

    The National Audit Office takes environmental commitments very seriously. Since 2011 it has operated an environmental management scheme certified by the International Standards Organisation, which includes setting challenging targets to reduce or eliminate waste in a number of areas. The NAO has already taken several steps to minimise the use of single-use plastics. For example, it does not...

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Conservative MP for Gainsborough

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Also represented Gainsborough and Horncastle

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Topics of interest

Edward Leigh campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Health
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
  • Local Government Finance
  • Iraq
  • Burma
  • Civil Partnerships

Currently held offices

  • Member, Public Accounts Commission (since 16 Nov 2017)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (since 22 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Trade Committee (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Public Accounts Commission (4 Nov 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (13 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Members' Expenses Committee (18 Jul 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chair, Public Accounts Commission (16 Mar 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (7 Jul 2010 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (1 Jan 2010 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (5 Nov 2001 to 6 May 2010)
  • Chair, Public Accounts Committee (17 Oct 2001 to 1 Jan 2010)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (14 Apr 2000 to 17 Oct 2001)
  • Member, Deregulation Committee (29 Jul 1997 to 4 Dec 1997)
  • Member, International Development Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 19 Jul 2001)
  • Member, Agriculture Committee (26 Feb 1996 to 17 Oct 1996)
  • Member, Social Security Committee (11 Dec 1995 to 13 Dec 2000)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) (2 Nov 1990 to 27 May 1993)
  • Member, Defence Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 15 May 1987)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 89 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs. See all Edward Leigh’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 34 written questions in the last year — average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 93.13% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 24 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 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") 1681 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Mar 2018.

1. Employment and earnings
Non-executive director of Europe Arab Bank, 15 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AD:
From 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2017, I received an annual salary of £74,000, paid monthly, for an expected monthly commitment of 20-30 hrs. (Registered 03 November 2017)
From 1 October 2017 until further notice, I will receive an annual salary of £74,000, paid monthly, for an expected monthly commitment of 20-30 hrs. (Registered 03 November 2017)
8. Miscellaneous
Barrister, not currently practising. (Registered 22 May 2015)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Mary Leigh, as Office Manager.

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