Desmond Swayne

Conservative MP for New Forest West

@DesmondSwayne https://facebook.com/Desmond.Swayne

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Desmond Swayne’s voting in Parliament

Desmond Swayne is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Desmond Swayne sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Desmond Swayne generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Conservative MP for New Forest West

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

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Topics of interest

Desmond Swayne campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • Defence
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • Treasury
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Correspondence
  • Territorial Army
  • Iraq
  • New Forest
  • Reserve Forces

Currently held offices

  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (since 4 Mar 2020)
  • Member, Work and Pensions Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (since 16 Jan 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (8 Apr 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (31 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, International Trade Committee (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development (15 Jul 2014 to 17 Jul 2016)
  • Government Whip (7 Oct 2013 to 15 Jul 2014)
  • Member, Administration Committee (22 Oct 2012 to 28 Oct 2013)
  • Government Whip (6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary To the Leader of the Opposition (16 Dec 2005 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Defence Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 6 Feb 2006)
  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (6 Jul 2005 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Parliamentary Private Secretaries To Leader of the Opposition (9 Sep 2004 to 6 Dec 2005)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (4 Mar 2002 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Health) (1 Feb 2001 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Social Security Committee (26 Jul 1999 to 11 May 2001)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

1. Employment and earnings
Fees from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, paid direct to charity:
8 February 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 10 January 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
21 May 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 2 February 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
21 May 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 6 March 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
9 September 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 15 May 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
9 September 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 16 June 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
4 November 2019, payment of £75 for a survey completed on 13 September 2019. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 04 November 2019)
Fees from YouGov, 50 Featherstone St, London EC1Y 8RT, paid direct to charity:
22 January 2019, payment of £70 for a survey completed on 10 December 2018. Hours: 15 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
24 January 2019, payment of £100 for a survey completed on 21 November 2018. Hours: 20 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
25 February 2019, payment of £30 for a survey completed on 17 January 2019. Hours: 5 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
1 March 2019, payment of £80 for a survey completed on 14 February 2019. Hours: 15 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
4 April 2019, payment of £50 for a survey completed on 20 March 2019. Hours: 15 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
13 May 2019, payment of £60 for a survey completed on 10 April 2019. Hours: 15 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
25 July 2019, payment of £80 for a survey completed on 13 May 2019. Hours: 20 mins. (Registered 25 July 2019)
Fees from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, paid direct to charity:
17 January 2019, payment of £200 for a survey completed on 5 December 2018. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 27 August 2019)
30 July 2019, payment of £200 for a survey completed on 25 June 2019. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 27 August 2019)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Flat in London, jointly owned with my wife: (i) and (ii). (Updated 20 May 2015)
House in London, jointly owned with my wife: (i) and (ii). (Updated 20 May 2015)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Moira Swayne, as Secretary. (Updated 20 May 2015)

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