Shailesh Vara

Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire

@ShaileshVara

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Shailesh Vara’s voting in Parliament

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

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Shailesh Vara has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • G20 17 Nov 2022

    Will my right hon. Friend confirm that in his conversations with President Biden of the US and his counterparts in the EU, he has made the UK’s intention to preserve the integrity of the Good Friday agreement absolutely clear? Will he also confirm that, in so doing, it is not unreasonable for the UK, an independent and sovereign nation, to be able to maintain its own economic integrity?
  • Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen 9 Sep 2022

    I rise on behalf of myself and my constituents in North West Cambridgeshire to pay tribute to Her late Majesty the Queen. It is fair to say that all of us in this Chamber have had Her Majesty as part of our lives, and I mean that quite literally. She demonstrated an extraordinary sense of duty and commitment to public service. Her Majesty has left an imprint not only on our country and the...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements 7 Sep 2022

    It is standard practice in the European Union that when it cannot get its own way in negotiations with the UK, it plays for time and waits for a new leader who it hopes will take a different view from his or her predecessor. For the sake of clarity, will my right hon. Friend confirm that the UK’s preferred option in respect of the Northern Ireland protocol is a negotiated settlement, but...

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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

  • The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (7 Jul 2022 to 6 Sep 2022)
  • 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)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 28 Nov 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)
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 and a Peer in the House of Commons, including catering and the hire of a photographer, steward and equipment, total value £5,499

Date received: 17 October 2022

Date accepted: 17 October 2022

Donor status: company, registration 10436460

(Registered 07 November 2022)
8. Miscellaneous
Non-practising solicitor.

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