Helen Whately

Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Helen Whately’s voting in Parliament

Helen Whately is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Helen Whately sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Helen Whately voted for requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Helen Whately voted against investigations into the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Helen Whately’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Helen Whately’s full vote analysis page for more.

Helen Whately has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Erith and Thamesmead 2 Dec 2020

    The Department has worked to build testing capacity Erith and Thamesmead, currently operating sites at Erith Road and Abery Street car park alongside other facilities such as mobile testing units and home testing across south east London. COVID-19 test sites are opening regularly across the United Kingdom, currently there are 675 sites in operation. Home testing kits are available daily for...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Care Homes: Coronavirus 2 Dec 2020

    Our policy is informed by expert advice to ensure it is based on the latest international and domestic evidence. We have worked closely with a range of social care stakeholders in developing our policy on visiting care homes during the pandemic. We will continue to monitor the evidence, and ensure best practice is reviewed and can be applied as we amend our care home visiting guidance to...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Staff 2 Dec 2020

    NHS England and NHS Improvement collect sickness absence data on staff contracted by the NHS. The figures report the number of COVID-19 related absences of staff, either through sickness or self-isolation. The latest available figures show 82,021 total absences of staff either through sickness or self-isolation on 4 November 2020. Of these 31,129 were reported as COVID-19 related.

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Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent

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

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Topics of interest

Helen Whately campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department of Health
  • Department for Transport
  • Cabinet Office
  • Home Office
  • Mental Illness: Surveys
  • Social Services
  • Travellers: Caravan Sites
  • General Practitioners: Faversham and Mid Kent
  • Vaccination: Cost Effectiveness

Currently held offices

  • Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) (since 13 Feb 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (10 Sep 2019 to 13 Feb 2020)
  • Deputy Chair, Conservative Party (17 Apr 2019 to 10 Sep 2019)
  • Member, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint) Committee (27 Feb 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Vice-Chair, Conservative Party (27 Jul 2018 to 17 Apr 2019)
  • Member, Health and Social Care Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 23 Nov 2020.

2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Charles Villiers
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 January 2020)

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