Joanna Cherry

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice and Home Affairs)

Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh South West


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Joanna Cherry’s voting in Parliament

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Recent appearances

  • Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : The Growth Plan 23 Sep 2022

    I am sure that many of my Edinburgh South West constituents will agree that threatening the low-paid with sanctions while ensuring that bankers can get bigger bonuses is not a moral way to go about creating growth. Before the Chancellor says that Edinburgh will somehow benefit from that, I assure him that most of my constituents who work in the financial sector will not benefit from these...
  • Energy Prices: Support for Business 22 Sep 2022

    Like many other MPs, I have spent the summer visiting small businesses and charities in my constituency. They all say that they need to be able to make forward plans. For example, Four Square, a charity in my constituency, runs a hostel for homeless young people and a women’s refuge, and fundraises through a large retail premises. Soaring energy bills may affect its ability to keep the...
  • Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen 10 Sep 2022

    It is very humbling to follow so many great speeches. On my own behalf and on behalf of my Edinburgh South West constituents, I too rise to honour the memory of our late Queen. Much has been said of her dedication and her service, but I want to concentrate on her love of Scotland and the love of many Scots for her. As the Queen died at Balmoral, and is to be taken first to the palace of...

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Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh South West

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

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Topics of interest

Joanna Cherry campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Home Office
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department for International Trade
  • Foreign
  • Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Protective Clothing: Contracts
  • Channel Ferries: Freight
  • Police: EU Countries
  • Taxation: Self-assessment

Currently held offices

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (since 21 Jul 2022)
  • Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (since 21 Jul 2022)
  • Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (since 21 Jul 2022)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice and Home Affairs) (since 20 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (21 Jul 2022 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (2 Mar 2020 to 16 Jan 2021)
  • Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (2 Mar 2020 to 21 Jul 2022)
  • Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (6 Nov 2017 to 21 Jul 2022)
  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice) (20 Jun 2017 to 1 Feb 2021)
  • Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (20 Jun 2017 to 1 Feb 2021)
  • Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Justice and Home Affairs) (13 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.

1. Employment and earnings
Limited practice as a QC and member of the Faculty of Advocates. I also continue to receive payments for legal services rendered before my election in 2015. (Registered 04 June 2015; updated 19 July 2021)
From 3 September 2020 until further notice, weekly column for the National. I will receive £150 for each column from Newsquest Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe HP10 9TY. First payment expected on 1 December 2020. Hours: approx. 4 hrs a week. (Registered 18 November 2020)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Franco-British Colloque Ltd
Address of donor: 86 East Lane, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6LQ

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Overnight accommodation and meals, total value £1,054

Destination of visit: France

Dates of visit: 30 May - 2 July 2022

Purpose of visit: To attend the Franco-British Colloque.

(Registered 07 July 2022; updated 15 July 2022)
8. Miscellaneous
From 25 January 2022, Member of the advisory group of Sex Matters, a not for profit company which campaigns, advocates and produces resources to promote clarity about sex in public policy, law and culture. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 08 February 2022)

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