Craig Whittaker

Assistant Whip

Conservative MP for Calder Valley


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Craig Whittaker’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Craig Whittaker sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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Craig Whittaker has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Statutory Gambling Levy — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] 7 Jun 2022

    The one area where we already have a levy is the horse-racing sector, which has a strong link with gambling and betting. What does my hon. Friend feel that an additional levy on that sector will do to those jobs and on horse-racing?
  • Statutory Gambling Levy — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] 7 Jun 2022

    Will the hon. Lady give way?
  • Statutory Gambling Levy — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] 7 Jun 2022

    What the hon. Lady is trying to achieve is admirable, and she will find that she has a lot more support than she realises. My big concern, which I expressed in the previous debate on this subject as well, is the black market—the offline, unregulated areas. Black market gambling is growing at a huge pace, including, believe it or not, over WhatsApp, which is highly encrypted and hard to...

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Conservative MP for Calder Valley

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

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Topics of interest

Craig Whittaker campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Transport
  • Education
  • Defence: Procurement
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Food: Advertising
  • Food: Marketing
  • Fraud: Land

Currently held offices

  • Member, Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] Committee (since 12 Jan 2022)
  • Member, Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill Committee (since 1 Dec 2021)
  • Member, Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill Committee (since 9 Nov 2021)
  • Member, Nationality and Borders Bill Committee (since 20 Sep 2021)
  • Member, Joint Committee on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (since 10 Nov 2020)
  • Assistant Whip (since 15 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Government Whip (20 Sep 2021 to 10 Feb 2022)
  • Government Whip (16 Apr 2019 to 10 Sep 2019)
  • Member, Committee of Selection (5 Sep 2018 to 4 Sep 2019)
  • Government Whip (9 Jan 2018 to 16 Apr 2019)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (15 Jun 2017 to 9 Jan 2018)
  • Member, Able Marine Energy Park Development Consent Order 2014 Committee (11 Jun 2014 to 30 Oct 2014)
  • Member, Education Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 13 Jun 2022.

1. Employment and earnings
Payment of £275 expected from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for a survey completed on 23 June 2021. Hours: 90 mins. (Registered 16 July 2021)
5. Gifts and benefits from sources outside the UK
Name of donor: Entain Operations Ltd
Address of donor: Suite 6, Atlantic Suites, Europort, Gibraltar

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Ticket and hospitality for me at England v Denmark football match, value £3,457

Date received: 7 July 2021

Date accepted: 7 July 2021

Donor status: company, registration 112454

(Registered 16 July 2021)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
From 18 November until 14 October 2021, Voeux Estates Ltd; commercial and domestic property management company. (Registered 01 December 2020; updated 25 October 2021)
8. Miscellaneous
From 1 March 2020, member of Todmorden Town Funds Board and Brighouse Town Funds Board. These are unpaid roles. (Registered 09 March 2020)
From 23 March 2021, Trustee of Rastrick Junior Football Club. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 03 December 2021)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my daughter, Sophie Whittaker, as full-time Executive Office Manager. (Updated 15 July 2019)

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