John Whittingdale

MP, Maldon

Maldon Conservative

John Whittingdale campaigned to leave the European Union

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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.

However, John Whittingdale sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • John Whittingdale consistently voted against allowing marriage between two people of same sex, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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


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


Topics of interest

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

Other offices held in the past

  • 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)
  • Member, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (14 Jul 2011 to 8 Sep 2011)
  • 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 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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  • Has spoken in 15 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all John Whittingdale’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 82.60% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 6 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 565 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Viacom UK
Address of donor: 17-29 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8TT.

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): hotel, return flights and show ticket for myself and a guest; total value £1,529.07

Destination of visit: Amsterdam

Date of visit: 9 to 11 November 2013

Purpose of visit: To attend 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards

This item is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 1 September 2016. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the 2015 Guide to the Rules refers.

(Registered 01 September 2016)
Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd
Address of donor: PO Box 72288, London SW1P 9LB

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights, accommodation and subsistence worth approx. £2,000

Destination of visit: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and West Bank

Dates of visit: 25-30 September 2016

Purpose of visit: Fact finding delegation to Israel, West Bank and Gaza Border.

(Registered 10 October 2016)
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)

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