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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.
This is a random selection of Derek Thomas’s votes.
Voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2016.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2016.
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2022.
Voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2016.
Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2016–2021.
Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2015–2020.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Simon Jupp) on securing this debate. We cannot speak enough about the need to support our farmers, who produce the food we need in a way that is good for the country and our health. We talk regularly about the need to support our farmers and landowners in producing more food. We also talk a lot about the need to protect and enhance our...
I do agree, and that was the subject of one of the first debates I ever secured in this place, back in 2015. Given how farmers’ plans have shifted in the last 18 months, I suspect that less than 60% of the food we consume is grown in the UK. Urgent action is needed. I am glad to see the Minister in his place; I met him first thing this morning to discuss a similar issue. One thing that was...
I thank the Minister for her response, and I am glad she mentioned species. For example, the Cornish chough and the Manx shearwater are birds precious to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. They have made a remarkable recovery, and it is good to mention that along with all the other achievements. In 2019, I was one of many Conservative MPs who supported the then Prime Minister, my right hon....
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Conservative MP for St Ives
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
Derek Thomas campaigned to leave the European Union
- Department of Health and Social Care
- Department of Health
- Department for Environment
- Food and Rural Affairs
- Department for Education
- Department for Transport
- Brain: Tumours
- Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments
- Non-native Species
- Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
- *No heading*
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 (13 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 14 Nov 2022.
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2
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 and a half days a week in my parliamentary office. The intern will receive a bursary of £962.50 per month, total value £9,625
Date received: 27 September 2021 to 22 July 2022
Date accepted: 27 September 2021
Donor status: unincorporated association
(Registered 09 November 2021)
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 who receives the rental income: (i) and, from 1 May 2021, (ii). (Registered 30 October 2017; updated 03 November 2021)
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)
From 21 May 2019, Trustee and founding member of the Cornwall Sport Foundation. (Registered 03 November 2021)
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