Chi Onwurah

Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central


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Chi Onwurah’s voting in Parliament

Chi Onwurah is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

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Chi Onwurah has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • BBC Funding 17 Jan 2022

    I am glad that the Secretary of State responsible for digital has noticed that business models for content creation have changed in the last 100 years, but the need for a unifying, shared expression of British culture, identity and creativity has not. Is not the real reason for this attack on the BBC that it is a successful British public sector institution, and she just cannot stand that?
  • Foreign Interference: Intelligence and Security 17 Jan 2022

    Our relationship with China has rightly evolved from the “golden decade” heralded by former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne. Today Members across the House have raised issues of political interference, university research technology transfer, the diaspora presence here, human rights, and investment in this country. The Secretary of State seems to imply that the work on the...
  • Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Uganda: Freedom of Expression 17 Jan 2022

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of freedom of expression in Uganda.

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Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central

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

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Topics of interest

Chi Onwurah campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Digital
  • Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Broadband
  • Training
  • Travel and Subsistence Payments
  • Research: Finance
  • Cybercrime

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (since 10 Apr 2020)
  • Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (since 10 Apr 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 11 May 2020)
  • Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy) (10 Oct 2016 to 10 Apr 2020)
  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (18 Sep 2015 to 10 Oct 2016)
  • Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (18 Sep 2015 to 9 Oct 2016)
  • Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (11 Jan 2013 to 18 Sep 2015)
  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (8 Oct 2010 to 11 Jan 2013)
  • Member, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 13 Dec 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for surveys:
Payment of £275 expected for a survey on 27 July 2021. Hours: 75 mins. Fee to be paid direct to charity. (Registered 24 August 2021)
Payment of £200 expected from Edelman Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT, for a survey completed on 27 July 2020. Hours: 45 mins. Fee to be paid direct to charity. (Registered 15 March 2021)
Payment of £150 expected from CM Monitor (BritainThinks) Ltd (trading as Britain Thinks for The City UK), Metherell Gard, Morval, Looe PL13 1PN, for a research interview on 10 August 2021. Hours 30 mins. Fee to be paid direct to charity. (Registered 24 August 2021)
Payment of £120 expected from YouGov, 50 Featherstone St, London EC1Y 8RT, for a survey on 22 July 2021. Hours: 30 mins. Fee to be paid direct to charity. (Registered 24 August 2021)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: British Phonographic Industry
Address of donor: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: A ticket to the BRITS, with hospitality, total value £900

Date received: 11 May 2021

Date accepted: 11 May 2021

Donor status: company, registration 01132389

(Registered 20 July 2021)

This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 9 November 2021. Paragraph 15 of chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
5. Gifts and benefits from sources outside the UK
Name of donor: Association of Marshall Scholars
Address of donor: 168 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Associated with attending the Association of Marshall Scholars Legislative Exchange, for me and a guest, two night's hotel accommodation and two dinners, total value £1,250

Date received: 19-21 November 2021

Date accepted: 19 November 2021

Donor status: unincorporated association

(Registered 30 November 2021)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
From 2 September 2016, a house in Northumberland: (i). (Registered 02 November 2016)
Holiday apartment in Portugal, which became registrable from 2 September 2016: (i). (Registered 07 November 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
Chartered engineer (non-practising).
From 15 December 2015, Honorary Vice President of ACTSA (Action for South Africa). (Registered 17 December 2015)
From 6 July 2016, Director of the Foundation for Science & Technology. (Registered 12 August 2016)
From 4 August 2020, Member of the Board of the Hamilton Commission, a standalone piece of research in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, that will work to improve the representation of black people in UK motorsport. (Registered 23 November 2020)

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