Alun Cairns

Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan


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Alun Cairns’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Alun Cairns sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Alun Cairns voted against investigations into the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Alun Cairns’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Alun Cairns’s full vote analysis page for more.

Alun Cairns has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • BBC 21 Jul 2020

    Does my right hon. Friend agree that the BBC could have the capacity to make significant savings to its £5 billion of spend a year, and does he agree that greater transparency would go a long way to help identify those savings? A Government Department or a local authority needs to publish every invoice in excess of £500. Is it not wholly unfair and iniquitous that the BBC has simply refused...
  • Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: New Clause 1 - Electorate per constituency 14 Jul 2020

    Does the Minister recognise that new clause 2, tabled by Plaid Cymru and the SNP, almost suggests that we are a federal nation? We are not a federal nation but a proud Union.
  • Parliamentary Constituencies Bill: New Clause 1 - Electorate per constituency 14 Jul 2020

    Does the hon. Gentleman accept that, for a cohesive society to sustain itself, equal representation is fundamental?

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Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan

Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election

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Topics of interest

Alun Cairns campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Treasury
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Work and Pensions
  • Broadband
  • Departmental Consultants
  • Trade Union Officials
  • Mobile Phones
  • S4C: Finance

Other offices held in the past

  • The Secretary of State for Wales (19 Mar 2016 to 16 Dec 2019)
  • Government Whip (15 Jul 2014 to 19 Mar 2016)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (15 Jul 2014 to 19 Mar 2016)
  • Member, Public Administration Committee (9 May 2011 to 12 May 2014)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 27 Jun 2011)

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 YouGov plc, 50 Featherstone St, London, EC1Y 8RT, for completing opinion surveys:
25 February 2020, received £110. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 02 March 2020)
21 April 2020, received £100. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 13 July 2020)
21 April 2020, received £50. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 13 July 2020)
10 July 2020, received £70. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 13 July 2020)
From 1 July 2020, Senior Adviser to BBI Group (global life science and diagnostic company), Parkway, Pen y Fan Industrial Estate, Crumlin NP11 3EF. Until further notice I receive £15,000 a year, paid monthly, for providing strategic advice to the board. Hours: up to 70 hrs a year. I consulted ACoBA about this appointment. (Registered 14 July 2020)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Mark Pennick
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000

Date received: 4 September 2019

Date accepted: 18 September 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 14 October 2019)
Name of donor: Mark Pennick
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,000

Date received: 13 November 2019

Date accepted: 13 November 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Residential property in Cardiff: (i) and (ii).

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