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Barry Sheerman’s voting in Parliament
Barry Sheerman is a Labour/Co-operative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour/Co-operative MPs.
However, Barry Sheerman sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:
Barry Sheerman generally voted against the hunting ban, while most Labour/Co-operative MPs almost always voted for. Show votes
Barry Sheerman generally voted against new high speed rail infrastructure, while most Labour/Co-operative MPs generally voted for. Show votes
Barry Sheerman generally voted against a wholly elected House of Lords, while most Labour/Co-operative MPs generally voted for. Show votes
Barry Sheerman generally voted for a stricter asylum system, while most Labour/Co-operative MPs generally voted against. Show votes
We have lots more plain English analysis of Barry Sheerman’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Barry Sheerman’s full vote analysis page for more.
Barry Sheerman has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of covid-19 social distancing restrictions on learner drivers.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that upcoming legislative proposals protect air quality.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that levels of intakes for apprenticeships nationally does not decline due to the covid-19 outbreak.
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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
Topics of interest
Barry Sheerman campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department for Education
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Department of Health
- Free Schools
- Offences against Children
- Home Education
Currently held offices
- Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (since 11 May 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- 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)
- 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)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 14 Sep 2020.
1. Employment and earnings
From 1 August 2015, Chair 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)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2
Name of donor: CARE
Address of donor: 53 Romney St, Westminster, London SW1P 3RF
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Four days a week externally funded support provided by a volunteer intern who is self-funded apart from the receipt of a bursary of £650 a month from the charity CARE as a member of CARE’s educational Leadership Programme; £6,500 in total.
Date received: 23 September 2019 to 24 July 2020
Date accepted: 23 September 2019
Donor status: company, registration 3481417
(Registered 08 January 2020)
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).
Chair of Trustees, Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (PACTS
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