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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:

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

Robert Halfon has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Business of the House 23 Sep 2021

    Has my right hon. Friend seen my early-day motion 415 highlighting the serious concerns of thousands of Harlow residents about the Stort crossing proposals, which could have a devastating impact on the beautiful environment and wildlife of the Stort valley in Harlow? [That this House understands concerns that the Stort crossing proposals will have on the beautiful environment of the Stort...
  • Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils 23 Sep 2021

    I am pleased to see the Minister, my hon. Friend and constituency neighbour, in his place. As I understand it from our discussions with the chief medical officer at the Education Committee yesterday and from the Government, the key purpose of the vaccination programme is to keep our children in school. However, I have been sent a letter by parents about the Teddington School in Middlesex,...
  • Gas Prices and Energy Suppliers 23 Sep 2021

    Further to the question that my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) asked, surely the Conservative answer—I raised this the other day—is to reduce VAT on energy bills, as was pledged by those who supported Brexit in the EU referendum. I know that the Secretary of State will say that it is up to the Treasury to decide, but he is very persuasive. He is a...

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

Currently held offices

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (since 20 May 2020)
  • Chair, Education Committee (since 27 Jan 2020)
  • Chair, Education Committee (since 27 Jan 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, Education Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • 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)
  • 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: 20 Sep 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for completing surveys:
5 August 2020, received £250 for a survey completed on 30 July 2020. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (Registered 01 September 2020)
18 December 2020, received £200 for a survey completed on 7 December 2020. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 04 January 2021)
14 September 2020, received £125 from The Catholic Herald, Herald House, 15 Lamb's Passage, Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TQ, for an article. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 21 October 2020)
30 November 2020, £350 paid directly to a local educational organisation by Learning & Skills Events Consultancy and Training Limited, Swaleside Grange, Green End, Asenby, Thirsk YO7 3QX, for speaking at a webinar event. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 December 2020)
23 June 2021, received £225 from the Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT, for an article. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 16 July 2021)
25 August 2021, received £1,000 from News International, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF, for two articles in the Sun Newspaper. Hours: 4 hrs.
(Registered 03 September 2021)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: John Fearon
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 to my local association's fighting fund

Donor status: individual

(Registered 24 November 2020)
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)

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