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Derek Thomas’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Derek Thomas sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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

Derek Thomas has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Fire Safety Bill: After Clause 2 - Prohibition on passing remediation costs on to leaseholders and tenants pending operation of a statutory scheme 27 Apr 2021

    The Government’s plan and funding to address this fire safety issue are a welcome start. I am not going to rehearse the points already made this afternoon, but I believe that the role of affordable home ownership schemes in this disaster has been overlooked. Many people engulfed in this scandal are first-time buyers who took their first step on the property ladder through...
  • University Students: Compensation for Lost Teaching and Rent 15 Apr 2021

    Every MP will have heard from constituents that, compared with previous years, the quality and quantity of provision for students since March 2020 has not be maintained. That is certainly my experience. The Government have done a remarkable and world-leading job in supporting businesses, families and all sorts of people across the country through the pandemic. Surely they can find a way...
  • His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 12 Apr 2021

    I share with my constituents in west Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly a tremendous sense of respect for and pride in the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. It was deeply saddening to hear of the passing of Prince Philip, and I am grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to a man who lived a life of service, and a life that touched many people around the world. Of all the tributes to which I...

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Conservative MP for St Ives

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

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Topics of interest

Derek Thomas campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department of Health
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Transport
  • Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments
  • Brain: Tumours
  • Non-native Species
  • Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
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Currently held offices

  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (13 May 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Work and Pensions Committee (26 Nov 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Health and Social Care Committee (20 Feb 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (13 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2021.

2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: The Methodist Church
Address of donor: 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: services of a voluntary intern for two days a week in my parliamentary office. The intern will receive a bursary per month as a member of the Methodist Church’s ONE Intern Programme, amounting to £9,167 in total.

Date received: 21 September 2020 to 30 July 2021

Date accepted: 21 September 2020

Donor status: charity; other

(Registered 24 September 2020)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
From 4 October 2017, house and adjacent retail outlet in West Cornwall, owned jointly with my wife: (i). (Registered 30 October 2017)
8. Miscellaneous
Sole Trader, Derek Thomas Building Services, not currently engaged in trading. (Registered 05 June 2015)
Since December 2015, an interest below registrable value in Mustard Seed Property Ltd, a community benefit society which provides housing in Cornwall for vulnerable people. (Registered 19 October 2016)

View the history of this MP’s entries in the Register

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