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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.
That is the nub of these issues. Instead of extending elections because of their complexity, surely we should be considering alternative ways to allow people to vote differently to the way they currently vote.
I want to take my hon. Friend back to the point about 2013 and why the period became 25 working days. She mentioned postal votes and electronic registration, but surely the clue is in the title: electronic registration. Anything done electronically is supposed to be much quicker and clearer. Does the legislation also take into account future ways of voting, particularly for overseas voters...
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward legislation to enable a financing mechanism for new nuclear power stations.
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Conservative MP for Calder Valley
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Topics of interest
Craig Whittaker campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department of Health and Social Care
- Department for Education
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Department for Transport
- Special Educational Needs
- Defence: Procurement
- Food: Advertising
- Food: Marketing
- Fraud: Land
Currently held offices
- 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 (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: 6 Sep 2021.
1. Employment and earnings
30 January 2021, received £500 from Chamber Pictures Ltd, Building 37 Shepperton Studios, Shepperton TW17 0QD, for political consulting on the filming of a series. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 09 February 2021)
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 2020, Voeux Estates Ltd; commercial and domestic property management company. (Registered 01 December 2020)
From 1 March 2020, member of Todmorden Town Funds Board and Brighouse Town Funds Board. These are unpaid roles. (Registered 09 March 2020)
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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