Edward Leigh

Conservative MP for Gainsborough


About your Member of Parliament

Your MP (Edward Leigh) represents you, and all of the people who live in Gainsborough, at the UK Parliament in Westminster.

MPs split their time between Parliament and their constituency. In Parliament, they debate and vote on new laws, review existing laws, and question the Government. In the constituency, their focus is on supporting local people and championing local issues. They have a small staff team who help with casework, maintain their diaries, and monitor their inbox.

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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

  • 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

  • Member, Restoration and Renewal Programme Board Committee (since 23 Feb 2023)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (since 15 Jan 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (28 Sep 2020 to 17 May 2022)
  • 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

  • Ukraine 20 May 2024

    Nothing I will say in this short speech in any way approves of what President Putin has done—he is an appalling man; a tyrant who has caused massive damage to infrastructure and countless deaths—but we have to be realistic in these debates. We cannot just will what we want. There is a mismatch between our determination, our interest and our will, and those of the Russian state. Let us go...
  • Ukraine 20 May 2024

    If we are going to win this war, we have to be prepared to give the resources necessary to do so. The truth is that such is the overwhelming predominance of the American industrial military estate that it could have won the war by now. America could have armed Ukraine to such an extent that it could have won. America could have allowed the Ukrainians to use its weapons to bombard Russian...
  • Ukraine 20 May 2024

    This is a very realistic speech. The trouble with this war, as with Russia’s previous wars, is that early incompetence has now been replaced by a ruthless authoritarian determination to win at any cost by mobilising the entire economy and being utterly impervious to the loss of human life. I put to the hon. Gentleman the same question that I have put to the House: although we may breathe...

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Last updated: 13 May 2024.

8. Miscellaneous
Barrister, not currently practising.
(Registered 22 May 2015)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Name: Mary Leigh
Relationship: Spouse
Role: Office Manager
Working pattern: Full time

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