Shailesh Vara

Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire

@ShaileshVara

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Recent appearances

  • Prime Minister: Engagements 23 Mar 2022

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Asians from Uganda, the country where I was born. Under Ted Heath’s Government, people across the country opened up their homes for many of those Asians, who then settled and became part of the fabric of our great nation. That British generosity is again being seen as people open up their homes for those fleeing Ukraine and coming to...
  • Public Bill Committee: Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill: Examination of Witnesses 15 Mar 2022

    Mr Bartlett, you said that, as far as the agreements are concerned, some 85% are consensual. I would welcome it if you could expand on that, because there is a disproportionate element in terms of bargaining strength. Of the 85%, I am minded to say that there are some small landowners who probably are not happy but feel that they do not want to incur legal costs, that they are up against a...
  • Public Bill Committee: Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill: Examination of Witnesses 15 Mar 2022

    Sixty-three per cent. is still a significant sum for a small farmer who is counting every penny in his budget. The Committee can understand your reasoning in terms of policy and so on, but as far as the individual is concerned, I maintain—we will have to agree to disagree—that the 85% figure is somewhat misleading if taken in its individual context. I have made my point. Thank you.

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Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire

Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election

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Topics of interest

Shailesh Vara campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Home Department
  • Health
  • Justice
  • Work and Pensions
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Departmental Data Protection
  • Departmental Written Questions
  • Departmental Art Works
  • Departmental Reviews
  • Human Trafficking

Currently held offices

  • Member, Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill Committee (since 2 Mar 2022)
  • Member, Joint Committee on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (since 10 Nov 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 12 Oct 2020)
  • The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (23 Jul 2018 to 15 Nov 2018)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office) (9 Jan 2018 to 23 Jul 2018)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (9 Jul 2015 to 18 Jul 2016)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (7 Oct 2013 to 18 Jul 2016)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (14 Nov 2011 to 14 Jan 2013)
  • Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 14 Nov 2011)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (12 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (8 Nov 2006 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 11 Dec 2006)
  • Vice-Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jul 2001 to 1 Jul 2005)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 16 May 2022.

3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: SBI (UK LTD)
Address of donor: State Bank of India, 15 King Street, London EC2V 8EA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: A cross Party Diwali reception I co-hosted with two other MPs in the House of Commons, including catering and the hire of a photographer, steward and equipment, total value £4,201

Date received: 1 November 2021

Date accepted: 1 November 2021

Donor status: company, registration 10436460

(Registered 23 November 2021)
8. Miscellaneous
Non-practising solicitor.

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