John Whittingdale

Minister of State

Conservative MP for Maldon

@jwhittingdale https://facebook.com/johnwhittingdale4maldon

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John Whittingdale’s voting in Parliament

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Security Benefits 3 Aug 2020

    The innovation referred to in the Computer Weekly article of 9 July 2020 is an application in development, identified by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) as part of their global repository of the most innovative uses of data in response to the pandemic. The Covid Credit software seeks to help sole traders acquire the relevant banking information needed to self-certify income...
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Biometrics: Private Companies 31 Jul 2020

    The use of biometric data (including facial images) by private companies to identify individuals is regulated by the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Under the legislation, data processing must be fair, lawful and transparent. Individuals who consider their data has been misused can make complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office, the independent...
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television Licences: Older People 28 Jul 2020

    The government meets with the BBC on regular occasions to discuss a wide range of issues, including the over 75 concession. The Government has consistently made clear its disappointment with the BBC's decision to restrict the over 75 licence fee concession to only those in receipt of pension credit. We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe they should be funded by...

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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)
  • Correspondence

Currently held offices

  • Minister of State (since 13 Feb 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • 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)
  • 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)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received from AlphaSights Ltd, Thames Court, 1 Queenhithe, London EC4V 3DX:
5 October 2019, received £500 for advice on the tourism industry. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 29 October 2019)
28 October 2019, received £433.33 for advice on the tourism industry. Hours: 50 mins. (Registered 29 October 2019)
1 April 2017 until February 2020, providing advice on regulatory issues and policy development to Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, Barnard's Inn, 86 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1EN. From 1 October 2018, I received £2,000 a quarter. I consulted ACoBA about this appointment. Hours: 12 hrs a quarter. (Registered 04 July 2017; updated 25 October 2018 and 28 February 2020)
From 16 August 2017 until February 2020, adviser to the Federation of International Polo, Miraflores 1556, 11500 Montevideo, Uruguay, for which I received £3,000 a quarter. I consulted ACoBA about this appointment. First payment received: 4 September 2017. Hours: 6 hours a month. (Registered 11 October 2017; updated 28 February 2020)
From 1 April 2019 until February 2020, Non-Executive Director of South West News Service, Media Centre, Emma Chris Way, Filton, Bristol BS34 7JU, for which I received £1,250 a month. Hours: 8 hrs a month. (Registered 01 April 2019; updated 28 February 2020)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Aquind Ltd
Address of donor: OGN House, Hadrian Way, Wallsend NE28 6HL

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £8,000 for 2019 Election fighting fund

Donor status: company, registration 06681477

(Registered 08 January 2020)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Address of donor: 30 Great Peter St, Westminster, London SW1P 2BU

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Accommodation £638.46; food and drink £247.78; local transportation £222.49; total value £1,108.73. Flights provided by a non-registrable source.

Destination of visit: Jakarta, Indonesia

Dates of visit: 16-21 August 2019

Purpose of visit: APPG Indonesia trip to build UK-Indonesian understanding and partnerships on issues important to the bilateral relationship.

(Registered 19 September 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: (i) and (ii). (Registered 08 October 2012)
8. Miscellaneous
From 1 September 2018 until February 2020, a Trustee of the Royal Albert Hall. (Registered 28 March 2019; updated 28 February 2020)
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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