Brendan O'Hara

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

Scottish National Party MP for Argyll and Bute


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Your MP (Brendan O'Hara) represents you, and all of the people who live in Argyll and Bute, at the UK Parliament in Westminster.

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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
  • Clyde Naval Base: Military Police
  • Whisky: USA
  • Bahrain: Political Prisoners
  • Trident Missiles: Testing
  • UK Domestic Advisory Group and UK-EU Civil Society Forum

Currently held offices

  • Member, Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Overseas Territories (since 14 Nov 2023)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (since 12 Sep 2023)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs) (since 4 Sep 2023)

Other offices held in the past

  • SNP Chief Whip (17 Jan 2023 to 4 Sep 2023)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development) (10 Dec 2022 to 17 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform Bill) Committee ( 2 Nov 2022 to 29 Nov 2022)
  • Member, Elections Bill Committee (15 Sep 2021 to 26 Oct 2021)
  • Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) ( 1 Feb 2021 to 17 Jan 2023)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution) ( 1 Mar 2020 to 17 Jan 2023)
  • Member, DCMS Sub-Committee on Disinformation (12 Mar 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Inclusive Society) ( 1 Jul 2018 to 1 Mar 2020)
  • Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017)
  • Member, 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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Recent appearances

  • Israel and Gaza 20 May 2024

    We are on a very dangerous road if we believe that the rule of law is something from which a Government can pick and choose. Unlike the Government, we very much welcome the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue warrants for the arrest of the Hamas leaders Sinwar, al-Masri and Haniyeh for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on, and subsequent to, 7 October. We...
  • Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Youssef Ourahmane 17 May 2024

    To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made representations to his Algerian counterpart on the imprisonment of Pastor Youssef Ourahamane.
  • Written Answers — Scotland Office: Civil Partnerships: Scotland 17 May 2024

    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Scottish Government's request for a section 104 Order under the Scotland Act 1998 in consequence of the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020, if he will permit the Scottish Government to legislate accordingly.

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Register of Members’ Interests

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Last updated: 13 May 2024.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: International Centre for Law and Religious Studies (ICLRS)
Address of donor: J Reuben Clarke Centre, 341 E Campus Dr, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Accommodation including food (£740.20) and flights (£1,304.75), value £2,044.95
Destination of visit: United States (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Dates of visit: 29 September 2023 to 2 October 2023
Purpose of visit: As chair of the APPG for International Law, Justice and Accountability, to speak in the plenary session in ICLRS Law and Religious Symposium.
(Registered 9 November 2023)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Name of company or organisation: Oh! Television (not trading)
Nature of business: Television production company
Additional information: I am a director of this company. It has not traded.
(Registered 11 January 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
A Director of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. This is an unpaid role.
Date interest arose: 26 April 2021
(Registered 19 May 2021)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Name: Catherine O'Hara
Relationship: Spouse
Role: Office Manager
Working pattern: Full time
(Registered 19 January 2016; updated 8 October 2020)

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