Robert Courts

Conservative MP for Witney

@robertcourts

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Robert Courts’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Robert Courts sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Robert Courts voted against investigations into the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Robert Courts voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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

Robert Courts has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • BBC 21 Jul 2020

    My constituents are dismayed at the BBC’s decisions in respect of licences for over-75s and the proposed cuts to local coverage. Does the Minister agree that after having so recently received that “strong deal” in the renegotiation, the BBC ought to have raised this issue before it was three years into the period if it was not intending to continue with the obligations it has set out?
  • Trade Bill: New Clause 5 - Disclosure of information by other authorities 20 Jul 2020

    It is a great honour to speak in this debate, having spoken briefly on Second Reading and sat on the Bill Committee and being a member of the International Trade Committee. We had a wide-ranging, well-informed and constructive debate in Committee, and it is good to see so many of its members speaking in the debate. I would like to address a number of points, including the clauses relating to...
  • Trade Bill: New Clause 5 - Disclosure of information by other authorities 20 Jul 2020

    I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman on the wording of the new clause. It talks about “standards which at the time of import applied under UK law”, which means that the same standards have to apply in the foreign law, so it goes far further than what is intended by the Bill. No country is going to accept dynamic alignment imposed on it by us, any more than we would accept it. We cannot...

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Conservative MP for Witney

Entered the House of Commons on 20 October 2016 — Byelection

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Topics of interest

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department for Transport
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Military Aircraft: Sales
  • Planning Permission: Fines
  • Air Space
  • Business: Government Assistance
  • Antidepressants

Currently held offices

  • Member, International Trade Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Justice Committee (21 Jan 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Transport Committee (5 Nov 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (16 Oct 2017 to 19 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (30 Jan 2017 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received for my work at the bar of England and Wales, all done before my election. All earnings in this capacity were received subject to deductions for the costs of my chambers:
4 July 2019, received £2,400 plus VAT from Devonshires Solicitors, 30 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7DT. (Registered 04 July 2019)
26 July 2019, received £1,200 plus VAT from Thorneycroft Solicitors, Bridge Street Mills, Bridge Street, Macclesfield SK11 6QA. (Registered 29 July 2019)
26 July 2019, received £1,200 plus VAT from Thorneycroft Solicitors, Bridge Street Mills, Bridge Street, Macclesfield SK11 6QA. (Registered 31 July 2019)
27 August 2019, received £1,250 plus VAT from Thorneycroft Solicitors, Bridge Street Mills, Bridge Street, Macclesfield SK11 6QA. (Registered 23 September 2019)
30 September 2019, received £2,100 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 46 Chelmsley Circle, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 5UH. (Registered 07 October 2019)
12 November 2019, received £328.13 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 11 January 2020)
31 October 2019, received £1,000 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 46 Chelmsley Circle, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 5UH. (Registered 11 January 2020)
14 November 2019, received £284.67 plus VAT from William Graham Law Ltd, 24 Neptune Court, Ocean Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ. (Registered 11 January 2020)
18 December 2019, received £180.50 plus VAT from William Graham Law Ltd, 24 Neptune Court, Ocean Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ. (Registered 11 January 2020)
25 January 2018, received £2,025 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
26 January 2018, received £3,750 plus VAT from Boyes Turner, Abbots House, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
6 February 2018, received £350 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
6 February 2018, received £1,225 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
6 February 2018, received £2,712 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
26 February 2018, received £3,250 plus VAT from Coles Miller LLP, 44/46 Parkstone Road, Poole BH15 2PG. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
23 April 2019 received £800 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 10 February 2020) This is a late entry to which the rectification procedure was applied on 30 April 2020. Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4 of the Guide to the Rules refers.
11 February 2020, received £3,344 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 11 February 2020)
13 January 2020, received £360 plus VAT from Evans Derry, 5 Church Hill, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3AD. (Registered 14 February 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 D Lockhart
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,700 for my 2017 fighting fund

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 February 2020)
Name of donor: Luba Chernukhin
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000 for my 2019 fighting fund

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 February 2020)
Name of donor: Anthony McGurk
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000 for my 2019 fighting fund

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 February 2020)
Name of donor: Matthew Taylor
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000 for my 2019 fighting fund

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 February 2020)
Name of donor: Northglen Investments
Address of donor: Nicholas House, 3 Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R 0EU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 for my 2019 fighting fund

Donor status: company, registration 04231841

(Registered 10 February 2020)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: APPG for the Armed Forces
Address of donor: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: seven dinners value £40; three breakfasts value £14.25; £322.75 in total

Date of receipt: between 5 September and 11 December 2018

Date of acceptance: between 5 September and 11 December 2018

Donor status: unincorporated association

(Registered 10 February 2020)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd (CFI Ltd)
Address of donor: Blick Rothenberg, 7-10 Chandos Street, London W1G 9DG

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Air travel, accommodation and hospitality with a value of £2,300

Destination of visit: Israel and the West Bank

Dates of visit: 16-21 February 2020

Purpose of visit: Fact finding political delegation.

(Registered 26 February 2020)
8. Miscellaneous
Member of the Bar of England and Wales, not currently practising. (Registered 18 November 2016)
I received two VIP passes from the sponsors of the Royal Navy International Air Day 2019 on 13 July 2019, total value £340 (£170 per person). The sponsors were BAE Systems, MBDA, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, Babcock, Chemring and General Dynamics. (Registered 15 July 2019)
From 12 February 2020, Chair of the Commons and Lords RAF Association. (Registered 09 March 2020)

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