Edward Leigh

Conservative MP for Gainsborough

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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 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 sometimes rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Restoration and Renewal 16 Jul 2020

    This debate has often falsely been portrayed as a debate between pragmatic modernisers such as the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), who by the way I cannot help liking and respecting—I do not know why, but I do—and traditionalists who are putting their own comfort first. Actually, the arguments are far more complex. I have spent quite a lot of time over the past few years talking...
  • Restoration and Renewal 16 Jul 2020

    I am grateful. That points out some of the problems. I come to the present proposal to knock down Richmond House, which is, of course, a listed building. I never thought that I would defend a building younger than myself, but I am. It was listed for a purpose—to preserve it. It is an award-winning building. The best way to be carbon neutral, actually, is not to knock down an existing...
  • Restoration and Renewal 16 Jul 2020

    When the hon. Gentleman was on the Joint Committee, there was not a proposal to demolish the building.

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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
  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Health
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
  • Abortion
  • Local Government Finance
  • Iraq
  • Burma

Currently held offices

  • Member, Panel of Chairs (since 15 Jan 2020)
  • Member, Public Accounts Commission (since 16 Nov 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • 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, 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)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

1. Employment and earnings
Non-executive director of Europe Arab Bank, 15 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AD. 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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