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John Whittingdale’s voting in Parliament

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

This is a selection of John Whittingdale’s votes.

Last updated: 12 Oct 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

We have lots more plain English analysis of John Whittingdale’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit John Whittingdale’s full vote analysis page for more.

John Whittingdale has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Lottery 15 Sep 2021

    The Gambling Commission is responsible for regulating the National Lottery, including the operator of the National Lottery and the operation of National Lottery terminals. The Gambling Commission in its role as overseer of the National Lottery licence must ensure that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety, the interests of every participant are protected and, subject to these two...
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Data Protection: EU Law 15 Sep 2021

    The UK regained autonomy over its domestic data protection laws on 1st January 2021. Exact alignment to EU law is not a requirement for EU data adequacy. Indeed, the thirteen EU ‘adequate’ countries, from Israel to New Zealand, each have data protection laws that are different to the EU’s. The UK can reshape its approach to regulation and seize opportunities with its new regulatory...
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television Licences: Non-payment 15 Sep 2021

    In the White Paper ‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’ published in 2016, the government considered the findings of the Perry Review and agreed with its assessment that the current regime represents a broadly fair and proportionate response to the problem of licence fee evasion and provides good value for money (both for licence fee payers and taxpayers). The White Paper...

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Conservative MP for Maldon

Entered the House of Commons on 9 April 1992 — General election

Also represented Maldon and East Chelmsford; Colchester South and Maldon

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Topics of interest

John Whittingdale campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • Trade and Industry
  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • Treasury
  • BBC
  • LNM Holdings
  • Unlicensed Broadcasting
  • Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)
  • Copyright

Other offices held in the past

  • Minister of State (13 Feb 2020 to 16 Sep 2021)
  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (8 May 2015 to 14 Jul 2016)
  • Chair, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (8 Sep 2011 to 12 Mar 2012)
  • Chair, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (8 Sep 2011 to 12 Mar 2012)
  • Member, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (14 Jul 2011 to 8 Sep 2011)
  • Vice-Chair, Conservative 1922 Committee (1 Jul 2008 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (11 Jul 2005 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chair, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Jul 2005 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1 Jul 2004 to 5 May 2005)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1 Nov 2003 to 1 Jul 2004)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (23 Jul 2002 to 15 Nov 2003)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry) (18 Sep 2001 to 23 Jul 2002)
  • Member, Trade & Industry Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 29 Oct 2001)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 1998 to 1 Jun 1999)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 1998)
  • Member, Health and Social Care Committee (5 Jul 1993 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (27 Apr 1992 to 21 Mar 1997)

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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 6 Sep 2021.

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: (i) and (ii). (Registered 08 October 2012)
10. Family members engaged in lobbying the public sector on behalf of a third party or client
My daughter, Alice Whittingdale, is employed as a Researcher at Pagefield Communications, The Courtyard Studio, 18 Marshall Street, London W1F 7BE. (Registered 21 January 2019)

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