Philippa Whitford

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)

Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire


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Philippa Whitford’s voting in Parliament

Philippa Whitford is a Scottish National Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Scottish National Party MPs.

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Philippa Whitford has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement: Fishing Industry 14 Jan 2021

    Eight-five per cent. of the seafood caught by my local fishing fleet goes to customers in the EU. Along with boats right across the UK, they are currently tied up, as logistics firms will not accept any more produce due to the current customs chaos. Can the Secretary of State explain how he plans to resolve what he dismisses as “teething problems” and clarify what the Prime Minister meant...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination 13 Jan 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of adult care home residents received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine by 3 January 2021.
  • Covid-19 12 Jan 2021

    Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. First, I wish to pay tribute to all NHS and social care staff across the UK for the incredible role they have played in this crisis and to all the key workers who have helped to maintain food or energy supplies, and kept our public services operating. I echo the Minister in saying that the best way for all of us to express our gratitude is to stick to the rules...

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Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

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Topics of interest

Philippa Whitford campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department of Health
  • Home Office
  • Treasury
  • Universal Credit
  • Post Office Card Account
  • NHS: Drugs
  • Children: Maintenance
  • Visas: Skilled Workers

Currently held offices

  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe) (since 1 Feb 2020)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care) (since 20 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union) (7 Jan 2020 to 31 Jan 2020)
  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (27 Feb 2019 to 6 Mar 2019)
  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (14 Jan 2019 to 13 May 2019)
  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (17 Apr 2018 to 27 Jul 2018)
  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (30 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Dr Philippa Whitford MP Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Health) (20 May 2015 to 20 Jun 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 4 Jan 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Locum Consultant working until further notice with Ayrshire and Arran Health Board on the COVID-19 response, paid by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock Rd, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock KA2 0BE. Expected hours: 15 hrs a week. (Registered 19 May 2020)
29 April 2020, received £1,679.57. Hours: approx. 66 hrs. (Registered 19 May 2020)
29 May 2020, received £1,815.68. Hours: 69.5 hrs. (Registered 22 June 2020)
29 July 2020, received final payment of £1,815.68. Hours: 69.5 hrs. (Registered 26 August 2020)

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