Colum Eastwood

Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for Foyle


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Colum Eastwood’s voting in Parliament

Colum Eastwood is a Social Democratic and Labour Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Social Democratic and Labour Party MPs.

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Last updated: 18 May 2022. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Colum Eastwood has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • backbench business: Infected Blood Inquiry and Compensation Framework — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] 24 Nov 2022

    I am grateful for that commitment. Can the Minister bear in mind that we do not have a single Minister in Northern Ireland over any devolved area right now, and that people in Northern Ireland are getting a bad deal as a result of this scheme? The Government today published a budget in the devolved space for Northern Ireland, so what I am asking for is very doable for this Government. Please,...
  • backbench business: Infected Blood Inquiry and Compensation Framework — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] 24 Nov 2022

    On the issue of the enhanced payment for patients with hepatitis C, stage 1, that scheme is backdated to 2019 in Northern Ireland, but in the rest of the UK it is backdated to 2017. The British Government today have begun acting in the devolved space around budgets, because we do not have a Government, of course, in Northern Ireland. Does the hon. Member agree with me that the British...
  • Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision 23 Nov 2022

    A former Member of Parliament for Cork City once said: “No man has the right to fix a boundary to the march of a nation. No man has the right to say to his country, ‘Thus far shalt thou go and no further’.” Of course, this Parliament no longer has a Member for Cork City, because Charles Stewart Parnell was right. This United Kingdom is clearly not a partnership of equals—that has...

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Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for Foyle, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for Foyle

Entered the House of Commons on 13 December 2019 — General election

Entered the Assembly on 6 May 2011 — election

Left the Assembly on 12 December 2019 — Resigned

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Topics of interest

  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Treasury
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Home Office
  • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland
  • Iron and Steel: Northern Ireland
  • Students: Coronavirus
  • Addictions: Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Currently held offices

  • Member, Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill Committee (since 28 Jun 2021)

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Last updated: 14 Nov 2022.


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