Barry Sheerman

Labour/Co-operative MP for Huddersfield


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Your MP (Barry Sheerman) represents you, and all of the people who live in Huddersfield, 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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Labour/Co-operative MP for Huddersfield

Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election

Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005; Labour until 30 Mar 2015

Also represented Huddersfield East

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Topics of interest

Barry Sheerman campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Education
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Transport
  • Health
  • Free Schools
  • Offences against Children
  • Accountancy
  • Home Education
  • Serco

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (11 May 2020 to 16 Jan 2021)
  • Chair, Children, Schools and Families Committee (12 Nov 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Chair, Children, Schools and Families Committee (12 Nov 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Children, Schools and Families Committee ( 9 Nov 2007 to 12 Nov 2007)
  • Member, Education & Skills Committee ( 5 Nov 2007 to 8 Nov 2007)
  • Chair, Education & Skills Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 5 Nov 2007)
  • Chair, Education & Skills Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 5 Nov 2007)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (21 Dec 1999 to 6 May 2010)
  • Chair, Education Sub-committee ( 1 Dec 1999 to 11 May 2001)
  • Member, Education Sub-committee (30 Nov 1999 to 1 Dec 1999)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Disabled Peoples' Rights) ( 1 Jun 1992 to 1 Jun 1994)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) ( 1 Jun 1988 to 1 Jun 1992)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Education and Employment) ( 1 Jun 1983 to 1 Jun 1988)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (14 Apr 1981 to 8 Dec 1983)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Recent appearances

  • Valedictory Debate 24 May 2024

    It is a great privilege to be able to speak today as the longest-serving Labour Member of Parliament. I made my maiden speech on 3 July 1979, and here we are heading for a 4 July general election. I have been here a darn long time—nearly always on the Back Benches, although, in the mists of time, I sat on the Front Bench for 11 years under various Labour leaders. I have had the privilege...
  • Coroners 24 May 2024

    I agree with what the hon. Gentleman, my Select Committee colleague, has just said about the Chair of the Committee, the hon. and learned Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill). Everyone knows that he is a good friend of mine. We co-chair the all-party parliamentary group on miscarriages of justice, and he has been a brilliant champion against such miscarriages. I hope that...

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Register of Members’ Interests

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Last updated: 13 May 2024.

1. Employment and earnings
Role, work or services: Chair of the Westminster Commission on Road Air Quality
From: 7 May 2020.
Payer: CMS SupaTrak (A limited by guarantee social enterprise), Welton Rd, Swindon SN5 7XP
Additional information: This was an unpaid role until 6 February 2023.
(Registered 2 March 2021; updated 6 February 2023)
6. Land and property portfolio with a value over £100,000 and where indicated, the portfolio provides a rental income of over £10,000 a year
Type of land/property: Residential property (small one-bedroom flat)
Number of properties: 1
Location: London
8. Miscellaneous
President of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (PACTS). This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 9 July 2021
Additional information: Prior to 9 July 2021, I was the Chair of Trustees.
(Updated 29 November 2021)
Chair (currently unpaid) of Optimised Waste Logistics Group (OWL), which is managed by CMS SupaTrak Ltd.
Date interest arose: 1 August 2015
(Registered 18 May 2016; updated 27 May 2016 and 11 March 2021)
Chair of Thames Renaissance Ltd, an independent body which gathers data in order to inform more effective and constructive use of the River Thames. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 23 November 2020
(Registered 2 March 2021)
Chair of the John Clare Trust, which runs John Clare Cottage, preserving it and the poet’s works for future generations. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 24 August 2007
(Registered 23 November 2021)
Director of the Fairlife Foundation, a registered charity focused on improving financial products and promoting financial education. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 2 January 2015
(Registered 23 November 2021)
Chair of Policy Connect, a cross-party think tank focusing on education, industry, sustainability and health. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 25 October 1995
(Registered 23 November 2021)
Director the of Sheerman Foundation Limited, a company limited by guarantee set up for the purposes of supporting environmental causes, sustainable development and the relief of poverty.
Date interest arose: 6 February 2023
(Registered 6 February 2023; updated 26 April 2023)
Trustee of the Future Justice Project, a registered charity set up to support the sound administration of the UK's justice system. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 25 April 2023
(Registered 26 April 2023)

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