Brendan O'Hara

Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party MP for Argyll and Bute


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Brendan O'Hara’s voting in Parliament

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Recent appearances

  • Energy Update 5 Sep 2022

    Many people across rural Scotland depend on heating oil to heat their homes. Today I spoke to someone who was quoted 110p a litre, with a minimum delivery of 500 litres. Of course, once heating oil is gone—when the tank is empty—it is gone. If people cannot afford to refill the tank, they cannot heat their house. With winter approaching, that is a potential death sentence for vulnerable...
  • Human Rights Abuses and Corruption: UK Sanctions 21 Jul 2022

    I, too, begin by thanking the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith) and the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) for securing this debate. I also put on record my appreciation for all that they do as co-chairs of the all-party parliamentary group on Magnitsky sanctions. I also thank those who have spoken in this debate—the hon. Members for East...
  • Heatwave Response 20 Jul 2022

    Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for prior sight of this statement. Let me begin by paying tribute to those in all the emergency services who, once again, have gone above and beyond to help their fellow citizens in a time of crisis. Let me also extend our sympathy to the people whose homes and businesses have been destroyed in the fires that raged across parts of England. We...

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Scottish National Party MP for Argyll and Bute

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

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Topics of interest

Brendan O'Hara campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Foreign
  • Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Home Office
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Digital
  • Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Whisky: USA
  • Clyde Naval Base: Military Police
  • Trident Missiles: Testing
  • Bahrain: Political Prisoners
  • UK Domestic Advisory Group and UK-EU Civil Society Forum

Currently held offices

  • Member, Elections Bill Committee (since 15 Sep 2021)
  • Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (since 1 Feb 2021)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution) (since 1 Mar 2020)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Inclusive Society) (since 1 Jul 2018)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, DCMS Sub-Committee on Disinformation (12 Mar 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017)
  • Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Culture and Media) (20 Jun 2017 to 17 May 2018)
  • Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence) (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: 5 Sep 2022.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: ABColombia
Address of donor: 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE17 7JB

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): International and internal flights, accommodation, local transport, interpretations and food, value £4,630

Destination of visit: Colombia

Dates of visit: 31 March - 8 April 2022

Purpose of visit: Invited to Colombia as SNP spokesperson on Human Rights to understand the current context in relation to the peace process and business, human and environmental rights of the indigenous and Afro-Colombian people.

(Registered 04 May 2022)
Name of donor: Bellweather International
Address of donor: 694 E 230 N, Lindon, Utah, USA, 84042

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights and accommodation, value £2,526.83

Destination of visit: Poland

Dates of visit: 7-11 May 2022

Purpose of visit: In my capacity as Vice Chair of the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, advocacy for a joint European response to the Ukraine crisis.

(Registered 10 June 2022)
Name of donor: Mankind is my Business
Address of donor: 6890 South 2300 East 712019, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121, USA

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights and accommodation, value £1,139.17

Destination of visit: Abuja, Nigeria

Dates of visit: 28 May - 3 June 2022

Purpose of visit: In my capacity as Vice Chair of the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, to help with freeing Leah Sharibu and Mubarak Bala. Converse with Nigerian government officials about Article 18. Speak with civil society leaders to gain evidence on refugees and persecuted religious people in Nigeria.

(Registered 10 June 2022)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Director and shareholder of Oh! Television; a television production company. The company has not traded. (Registered 11 January 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
From 26 April 2021, a Director of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 19 May 2021)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Catherine O'Hara, as full time Office Manager. (Registered 19 January 2016; updated 08 October 2020)

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