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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:

  • Derek Thomas voted for requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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

  • Public Health 1 Dec 2020

    I am glad that I came to the Chamber in good time. I was one of those who voted against the national lockdown, because I am in a privileged position: I am a Cornwall MP and I represent the Isles of Scilly—and Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight are the only parts of England in tier 1. I will therefore be voting, if not enthusiastically, certainly in support of the...
  • Spending Review 2020 and OBR Forecast 25 Nov 2020

    The Chancellor is quite right that people want to look back and see that their community is better off than before. To pick up on the point about the shared prosperity fund, Cornwall also received European funding and has been promised the shared prosperity fund, but it is often difficult in areas where the population is not so large to demonstrate value for money to the Treasury, and as a...
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Drinking Water 10 Nov 2020

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure all school pupils continue to have easy access to drinking water throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

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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
  • Obesity

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)

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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: Richard W Belton
Address of donor: private

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

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
Name of donor: Peter A Batchelor
Address of donor: private

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

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
Name of donor: Lord Philip Harris
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
Name of donor: Robert Dorrien-Smith
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £6,000

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
Name of donor: Robert Dorrien-Smith
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Raffle prize with a value of £5,000

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
Name of donor: Rodrich Brooks
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 January 2020)
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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