John Penrose

Conservative MP for Weston-Super-Mare


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John Penrose’s voting in Parliament

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

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

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John Penrose has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Adviser on Ministerial Interests 21 Jun 2022

    I thought I heard it. The hon. Gentleman might not have heard it, but with any luck we will both hear clarification later.
  • Adviser on Ministerial Interests 21 Jun 2022

    It is a pleasure to follow such illustrious members of a series of Committees, all of which focus on this area and all of which have shown the importance and critical nature of the issue that the motion is trying to address—[Interruption.] I apologise, Madam Deputy Speaker, I will turn my phone off. The debate also shows that there is a high degree of cross-party unanimity on the central...
  • Adviser on Ministerial Interests 21 Jun 2022

    Let the record show that the Minister is nodding vigorously. It is essential that we get on the record the principle that the role must be pursued and continued. I think that he has said that already, but I hope that he will take the opportunity to make that clear again in his concluding remarks. It is essential that that is clarified, because a number of us were expecting it to be made clear...

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Conservative MP for Weston-Super-Mare

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

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Topics of interest

John Penrose campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Home Department
  • Health
  • Business
  • Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
  • Members: Correspondence
  • Finance: Education
  • Nigeria: Christianity
  • Speed Cameras
  • Government Departments: Contracts

Other offices held in the past

  • The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (16 Nov 2018 to 26 Jul 2019)
  • The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (8 May 2015 to 17 Jul 2016)
  • Member, Committee of Selection (17 Jul 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Government Whip (8 Feb 2014 to 17 Jul 2016)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (7 Oct 2013 to 8 Feb 2014)
  • Member, Administration Committee (3 Dec 2012 to 28 Oct 2013)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (17 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (29 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (19 Jan 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
  • Member, Work and Pensions Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 29 Jun 2009)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 13 Jun 2022.

1. Employment and earnings
18 January 2022, received £200 from the Daily Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0DT, for an article published on 24 December 2021. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 31 January 2022)
8. Miscellaneous
From 14 December 2015, Member of Priory Multi-Academy Trust, Western Super Mare. (Registered 07 January 2016)

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