Robert Halfon

Minister of State (Education)

Conservative MP for Harlow


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Robert Halfon’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Robert Halfon sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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Conservative MP for Harlow

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

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Topics of interest

Robert Halfon campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Education
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Treasury
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Hospitals: Parking
  • Departmental Conferences
  • Apprentices
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • House of Commons: Apprentices

Currently held offices

  • Minister of State (Education) (since 26 Oct 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (20 May 2020 to 27 Oct 2022)
  • Chair, Education Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 27 Oct 2022)
  • Chair, Education Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 27 Oct 2022)
  • Chair, Education Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • 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, Education Committee (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Education Committee (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Education Committee (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills) (17 Jul 2016 to 12 Jun 2017)
  • Minister without Portfolio (8 May 2015 to 17 Jul 2016)
  • Member, Public Administration Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 12 May 2014)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 23 Jan 2023.

1. Employment and earnings
23 January 2022, received £500 from News UK & Ireland Ltd, the News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF, for an article written on 15 December 2021 for the Sun. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 03 February 2022)
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for surveys:
2 September 2022, received £225 for a survey on 3 August 2022. Hours: 90 mins. (Registered 13 September 2022)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd
Address of donor: 16 Great Queen St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AH

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Hotel accommodation for four nights during Conservative Party Conference, value £1,383

Date received: 1-5 October 2022

Date accepted: 1 October 2022

Donor status: company, registration 08114952

(Registered 21 October 2022)
8. Miscellaneous
From 29 January 2020, Board of the Harlow Growth Board (Stronger Towns Fund). (Registered 09 March 2020)
From 20 May 2021, a Commissioner on the Times Education Commission, which has been set up by the Times Newspapers Ltd to examine the education system in the UK and propose recommendations for its reform. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 24 May 2021)
From June 2019, Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 15 November 2021)
From 13 May 2021, Board Member of Conservatives Against Racism. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 15 November 2021)
From 14 September 2021, Co-Chair of the Baker-Dearing Trust UTC Policy Group, a cross-party group for MPs to discuss University Technical Colleges and help raise awareness of the importance of school-age technical education. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 17 March 2022)

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