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Oliver Dowden’s voting in Parliament
Oliver Dowden is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.
This is a random selection of Oliver Dowden’s votes.
Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2016–2020.
Voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2016.
Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
23 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2015–2016.
Consistently voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2016–2019.
Consistently voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2015–2016.
Voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2016.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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Following the announcement of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today, I would like to further update the House on the consultation on “A New Pro-Competition Regime for Digital Markets”. The consultation sets out our proposals for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets which will tackle the unique sources of market power in...
Today, we are launching a consultation on the future ownership of Channel 4 Television Corporation. Since its creation almost 40 years ago by a Conservative government, Channel 4 has delivered on its remit, aims and objectives. But, in that time, the broadcasting landscape has changed beyond recognition, and continues to change apace. Increased global competition, changing audience habits,...
The Government has today published a Plan for Digital Regulation which sets out the next chapter of our approach for how we will regulate digital technologies in order to drive growth and innovation. It brings together all the work we are doing across government in this area under a single coherent vision. Innovation is at the heart of this plan. We want to encourage it wherever we can, so...
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Conservative MP for Hertsmere
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
Oliver Dowden campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Department of Health
- Home Office
- Department for Transport
- Railways: Elstree
- Railways: Radlett
- Shops: Wheelchairs
- Green Belt
- South Korea: Dogs
Currently held offices
- Minister without Portfolio (since 16 Sep 2021)
- Co-Chair, Conservative Party (since 15 Sep 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (13 Feb 2020 to 15 Sep 2021)
- Paymaster General (HM Treasury) (24 Jul 2019 to 13 Feb 2020)
- Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (24 Jul 2019 to 13 Feb 2020)
- The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (9 Jan 2018 to 24 Jul 2019)
- Member, Petitions Committee (20 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 31 Oct 2016)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 16 May 2022.
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK
Name of donor: Howard Leigh, Baron Leigh of Hurley
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets (£135 each) with hospitality (£85 per head) for Henley Festival
, total value £440
Date received: 18 September 2021
Date accepted: 18 September 2021
Donor status: individual
(Registered 26 October 2021)
Name of donor: Ambassador Theatre Group
Address of donor: 115 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8AF
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Eight tickets (four for each show) for parts one and two of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Theatre Show, total value £640
Date received: 17 April 2022
Date accepted: 17 April 2022
Donor status: company, registration 2671052
(Registered 04 May 2022)
From 7 July 2016, a patron of the Peace Hospice, Watford (unpaid). (Registered 29 July 2016)
From 15 September 2021, Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party
(salaried). (Registered 19 October 2021)
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