Catherine West

Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green


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Catherine West’s voting in Parliament

Catherine West is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

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

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Catherine West has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Metropolitan Police: Casey Review 21 Mar 2023

    It is clear that some basic policies and procedures have gone seriously wrong. When an individual is raped, the advice is to keep the specimens in a refrigerator, so how can it be that during a hot spell last summer the refrigerator broke down and there was no back-up plan? How can that be? What is the Home Secretary going to do for every victim whose evidence was in that refrigerator? What...
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Mental Health and Safety 21 Mar 2023

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with universities on mental health safety for students.
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Private Life 21 Mar 2023

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to (a) document and (b) ban relationships between staff and students.

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Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

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

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Topics of interest

Catherine West campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Foreign
  • Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Home Office
  • Department for Education
  • Coronavirus: Vaccination
  • Homes for Ukraine Scheme
  • Energy: Meters
  • Burma: Rohingya
  • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (since 2 Sep 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (10 Apr 2020 to 2 Sep 2020)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (19 Mar 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (10 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (10 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (10 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, International Trade Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 25 Mar 2019)
  • Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (18 Sep 2015 to 29 Jun 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 6 Mar 2023.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: British Council
Address of donor: 1 Redman Place, Stratford, London E20 1JQ
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): International flights £1,728.96, accommodation £973.13, transport and other costs £238.99, total value £2,930.65
Destination of visit: Tokyo, Japan
Dates of visit: 31 October - 7 November 2022
Purpose of visit: To experience the work of the British Council across arts, education and the English language, in Japan; a strategic, non-ODA priority operation at the centre of the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt.
(Registered 24 November 2022)
8. Miscellaneous
From July 2019 to July 2020, and from 9 October 2020 until 30 September 2023, Vice-President (unremunerated) of the Local Government Association, which works with councils to support, promote and improve local government. (Registered 10 January 2020; updated 12 October 2020, 22 July 2021 and 28 September 2022)
From 30 September 2022, a Trustee of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 25 October 2022)

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