Hilary Benn

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Labour MP for Leeds Central

@hilarybennmp https://facebook.com/hilarybenn4leedscentral

About your Member of Parliament

Your MP (Hilary Benn) represents you, and all of the people who live in Leeds Central, at the UK Parliament in Westminster.

MPs split their time between Parliament and their constituency. In Parliament, they debate and vote on new laws, review existing laws, and question the Government. In the constituency, their focus is on supporting local people and championing local issues. They have a small staff team who help with casework, maintain their diaries, and monitor their inbox.

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Labour MP for Leeds Central

Entered the House of Commons on 10 June 1999 — Byelection

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Topics of interest

Hilary Benn campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Communities and Local Government
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Home Office
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Foreign
  • Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Written Questions: Government Responses
  • Written Questions
  • Building Safety Fund
  • Immigration: EU Nationals
  • Yemen: Military Intervention

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (since 4 Sep 2023)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Energy Security and Net Zero Committee (12 Jun 2023 to 20 Nov 2023)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (20 May 2020 to 15 Jan 2021)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (27 Jan 2020 to 16 Jan 2021)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (27 Jan 2020 to 16 Jan 2021)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (27 Jan 2020 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (27 Jan 2020 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system (13 Feb 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) ( 6 Nov 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (19 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (19 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (19 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (19 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary ( 8 May 2015 to 26 Jun 2016)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government ( 7 Oct 2011 to 8 May 2015)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (26 Jan 2011 to 7 Dec 2011)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons ( 8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Jun 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for International Development ( 6 Oct 2003 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development (13 May 2003 to 6 Oct 2003)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Minister for Prisons and Probation) (29 May 2002 to 13 May 2003)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (11 Jun 2001 to 28 May 2002)
  • Member, Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Committee ( 6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Environment Sub-committee ( 6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Omagh Bombing Inquiry 14 May 2024

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to ensure legal representation is made available to police veterans called to the Omagh Bombing Inquiry.
  • Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Omagh Bombing Inquiry 13 May 2024

    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to ensure mental health support is available to police veterans in relation to the Omagh Bombing Inquiry.
  • Northern Ireland: Devolved Institutions: Northern Ireland 24 Apr 2024

    Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your eloquent tribute to Frank Field. He was a brave and a generous man. We look forward to working with the right hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson) in his new position. The UK’s successful bid to host the 2028 Euros with Ireland is a fantastic opportunity for Northern Ireland, but with just three years left to build the Casement Park stadium, the...

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Register of Members’ Interests

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Last updated: 13 May 2024.

2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Best for Britain Ltd
Address of donor: International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2BN
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: secretariat, research, graphic design, transcription and communication services provided to the members of the UK Trade and Business Commission of which I am co-convener, for the period April to June 2023 (value is estimated), value £29,831.17
Date received: 1 April 2023 to 30 June 2023
Date accepted: 1 April 2023
Donor status: company, registration 10436078
(Registered 5 April 2023)
Name of donor: Best for Britain Ltd
Address of donor: International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2BN
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: secretariat, research, graphic design, printing, transcription and communication services provided to the members of the UK Trade and Business Commission of which I am co-convener, for the period July to September 2023 (value is estimated), value £28,909.47
Date received: 1 July 2023 to 30 September 2023
Date accepted: 1 July 2023
Donor status: company, registration 10436078
(Registered 7 July 2023)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Mentorn Media Address
Address of donor: Tinopolis Centre, Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE 97
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Travel and hotel associated with appearing on BBC Question Time in Lisburn, value £333.32
Date received: 19 October 2023 to 20 October 2023
Date accepted: 19 October 2023
Donor status: company, registration 02329345
(Registered 26 October 2023)
6. Land and property portfolio with a value over £100,000 and where indicated, the portfolio provides a rental income of over £10,000 a year
Type of land/property: Property, other (House and small nature reserve)
Number of properties: 1
Location: Essex
Ownership details: Part-owner
(Updated 24 November 2014)
8. Miscellaneous
A co-convener of the UK Trade and Business Commission, a cross party group of MPs and trade and industry experts which aims to make recommendations to the UK government about its trade deals with Europe and the world. This was an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 15 April 2021
Date interest ended: 5 September 2023
(Registered 14 March 2023; updated 27 March 2023 and 8 September 2023)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Name: Sally Clark
Relationship: Spouse
Role: Office Manager
Working pattern: Part time
Additional information: My spouse, Sally Clark, is also employed as part time Senior Parliamentary Assistant.
(Updated 16 April 2019)

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