Edward Leigh

Father of the House of Commons

Conservative MP for Gainsborough

@EdwardLeighMP

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Profile

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

  • Ministry of Housing
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Health
  • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
  • Abortion
  • Local Government Finance
  • Iraq
  • Burma

Currently held offices

  • Father of the House of Commons (since 4 Jul 2024)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Restoration and Renewal Programme Board Committee (23 Feb 2023 to 30 May 2024)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (28 Sep 2020 to 17 May 2022)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (15 Jan 2020 to 30 May 2024)
  • Member, Draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill Committee (26 Nov 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (19 Mar 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Public Accounts Commission (16 Nov 2017 to 4 Jul 2022)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (22 Jun 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Recent appearances

  • Message to Attend the Lords Commissioners: Election of Speaker 9 Jul 2024

    As the first Back Bencher to speak in this Parliament, let me say that I seem to remember that almost the very first thing you said in your distinguished career as our Speaker, Mr Speaker-Elect—you said it almost before you arrived in the Chair—was that your primary job was to defend us Back Benchers, and I know that you will do that with enormous spirit and diligence. This place is...
  • Message to Attend the Lords Commissioners: Election of Speaker 9 Jul 2024

    Under the terms of Standing Order No. 1A, I am now required to ascertain whether Sir Lindsay Hoyle is willing to be chosen as Speaker.
  • Business of the House 23 May 2024

    When my right hon. Friend is promoted to an even bigger job in the Cabinet after the election, will she leave a note on her desk for her successor? Unlike a previous note, it will not say that there is no more money, or anything like that; it will concern restoration and renewal. I am her representative on the programme board. Frankly, for too long we have wasted time on endless sterile...

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