Barry Sheerman

Labour/Co-operative MP for Huddersfield


About your Member of Parliament

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
  • Treasury
  • 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

  • Defence: Defence Jobs 25 Mar 2024

    The Secretary of State will know that Huddersfield is a centre for defence industries; we have David Brown Gears and Reliance Precision, for example. I talk to them regularly. They say to me that one of the things that they miss is trained personnel. The Army, Navy and Air Force used to be the biggest trainer of personnel in the country. The diminished level of training in the armed services...
  • Business of the House 21 Mar 2024

    Is the Leader of the House aware that the biggest killer of children and young people worldwide is being involved in a crash on a road? Can we have an early debate to talk about how, globally, we do something vigorously to cut this back? I have the privilege of being the chair of the Independent Council for Road Safety International. Car accidents kill so many children worldwide. They are all...
  • Transport: Topical Questions 21 Mar 2024

    Is the Secretary of State aware that the UK used to be one of the safest countries in the world, along with Sweden, in terms of road accidents? He has campaigned with the Prime Minister to help the driver, but drivers are killing more vulnerable road users and passengers than for a very long time. Is it not time that this Government took road safety and the health and welfare of pedestrians...

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Register of Members’ Interests

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View the history of this MP’s entries in the Register

Last updated: 18 Mar 2024.

1. Employment and earnings
From 7 May 2020, Chair of the Westminster Commission on Road Air Quality, a limited by guarantee social enterprise. This was an unpaid role until 6 February 2023. Payments are received from CMS SupaTrak, Welton Rd, Swindon SN5 7XP. (Registered 02 March 2021; updated 06 February 2023)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Small one-bedroom flat in London: (i).
8. Miscellaneous
From 9 July 2021, President of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (PACTS). Prior to 9 July 2021, I was the Chair of Trustees. This is an unpaid role. (Updated 29 November 2021)
23 November 2020, 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. (Registered 02 March 2021)
From 1 August 2015, Chair (currently unpaid) of Optimised Waste Logistics Group (OWL), which is managed by CMS SupaTrak Ltd, Delta 1200, Welton Road, Swindon, SN5 7XZ. (Registered 18 May 2016; updated 27 May 2016 and 11 March 2021)
From 25 October 1995, Chair of Policy Connect, a cross-party think tank focusing on education, industry, sustainability and health. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 23 November 2021)
From 24 August 2007, 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. (Registered 23 November 2021)
From 2 January 2015, Director of the Fairlife Foundation, a registered charity focused on improving financial products and promoting financial education. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 23 November 2021)
From 6 February 2023, 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. (Registered 6 February 2023; updated 26 April 2023)
On 29 March 2023, I accepted hospitality from VISIE Communications during a Waste Logistics Conference, value £195. (Registered 11 April 2023)
From 25 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. (Registered 26 April 2023)

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