Chuka Umunna

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)

Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham

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Chuka Umunna’s voting in Parliament

Chuka Umunna is a Liberal Democrat MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Liberal Democrat MPs.

However, Chuka Umunna sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices, while most Liberal Democrat MPs almost always voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against capping civil service redundancy payments, while most Liberal Democrat MPs almost always voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted for slowing the rise in rail fares, while most Liberal Democrat MPs almost always voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna voted against investigations into the Iraq war, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against the introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted for restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted for an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax), while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against encouraging occupational pensions, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted for increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support, while most Liberal Democrat MPs almost always voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against academy schools, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against the privatisation of Royal Mail, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted for strengthening the Military Covenant, while most Liberal Democrat MPs almost always voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against selling England’s state owned forests, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against limits on success fees paid to lawyers in no-win no fee cases, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted for a banker’s bonus tax, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted against greater autonomy for schools, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna consistently voted for greater public control of bus services, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted for spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted for requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against local councils keeping money raised from taxes on business premises in their areas, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax"), while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against higher taxes on plane tickets, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against the policies included in the 2010 Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna almost always voted against raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against restricting the scope of legal aid, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against a statutory register of lobbyists, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted against fixed periods between parliamentary elections, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Chuka Umunna generally voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability, while most Liberal Democrat MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Chuka Umunna has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • British Children: Syria 22 Oct 2019

    I congratulate the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) on asking this urgent question and agree with every single word he has said. Can I ask the Minister what would happen in the event that we are able to repatriate these children? As has already been said, they have witnessed, seen and experienced things that no adult, never mind any child, should have to experience,...
  • Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade 17 Oct 2019

    What steps she is taking to support businesses with cross-border supply chains after the UK leaves the EU.
  • International Trade: Topical Questions 17 Oct 2019

    The National Audit Office said yesterday that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, cross-border shipments could be reduced by more than 50% and would take 12 months to return to normal. Can we stop this charade? Is it not the case that no responsible Government would do that to our businesses, and that if there is no agreement with the EU by Saturday, the Prime Minister will send the...

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Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham

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

Party was Labour until 17 Feb 2019; Independent until 13 Jun 2019

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Topics of interest

Chuka Umunna campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Work and Pensions
  • Regional Growth Fund
  • Billing
  • Procurement
  • Departmental Apprentices
  • Royal Mail

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development) (since 21 Aug 2019)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade) (since 21 Aug 2019)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (since 21 Aug 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (26 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (7 Oct 2011 to 14 Sep 2015)
  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (23 May 2011 to 7 Oct 2011)
  • Member, Treasury Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 4 Jul 2011)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Sep 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from the BBC, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA:
26 September 2018, received £150 for appearing on ‘Any Questions’. Hours: 2 hrs including travel and preparation. (Registered 02 October 2018)
From 1 October 2018, payments from Independent Digital News and Media Ltd, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. From 8 January 2019 until further notice, I expect to receive £1,100 a month (£13,200 a year) in return for writing four digital columns each month. Hours: 12 hrs a month; 3 hrs per article. (Updated 12 October 2018 and 07 February 2019)
17 September 2018, received £1,000 for four digital newspaper columns. Hours: 12 hrs (3 hrs per article). (Registered 02 October 2018)
From 1 August 2018 until further notice, chair of the Advisory Board of The Progressive Centre UK think tank (also known as Global Progress (London) Ltd), of 9 Chamberlain House, 126 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UR. I expect to spend approximately 12 hours each month on my duties as Chair and on preparing publications and other content, in return for a monthly payment of £5,420 (£65,040 a year). (Registered 10 October 2018)
14 May 2019, received a case of wine with a value of £486.28 from the Marketing Group of Great Britain, Manor Villa, Portsmouth Road, Milford GU8 5DU, for giving a speech. Hours: 3 hrs including preparation. (Registered 16 May 2019)
18 July 2019, received £3,000 from Pentatonic Ltd, the Old Shoe Factory, 18 Belsham St, London E9 6NG, for a speech and Q&A at Plentatonic Ltd's offices in Berlin on 29 June 2019. Hours: 5 hrs including preparation. Flights and accommodation also provided by the payer. (Registered 26 July 2019)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Michael Nicholson
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £20,000

Donor status: individual

(Registered 27 September 2019)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Farr Vintners Ltd
Address of donor: Commodore House, Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive, London SW18 1TW

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000 towards funding the salaries and expenses of staff working in my office

Date received: 31 January 2019

Date accepted: 31 January 2019

Donor status: company, registration 01393302

(Registered 07 February 2019)
Name of donor: Jeremy Isaacs
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000 towards funding the salaries and expenses of staff in my office

Date received: 25 February 2019

Date accepted: 25 February 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 14 March 2019)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: The Australian Labor Party
Address of donor: 5/9 Sydney Ave, Barton ACT 2600, PO Box 6222, Kingston ACT 2604

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights and accommodation with a value of £1,500

Destination of visit: Montreal, Canada

Dates of visit: 21-22 September 2018

Purpose of visit: Participation at International Progressive Campaign Forum.

(Registered 19 October 2018)
8. Miscellaneous
Non-practising solicitor.
From 4 March 2017, director (unpaid) and sole member of Streatham Campaigns Ltd; a company limited by guarantee, which supports my work as an MP by providing additional staff resources. (Registered 27 March 2017)
From 4 March 2017, director (unpaid) and sole member of VoteLeaveWatch Ltd; a company limited by guarantee, which runs the Vote Leave Watch Campaign. (Registered 27 March 2017)

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