Giles Watling

Conservative MP for Clacton

@GilesWatling

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Giles Watling’s voting in Parliament

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

However, Giles Watling sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Giles Watling voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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Giles Watling has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Multiple Births 29 Sep 2020

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts (a) collect and (b) publish accurate data on multiple births.
  • Prime Minister: Engagements 23 Sep 2020

    Does my right hon. Friend agree that, as the UK’s performing arts are a global gold standard that are not only the envy of the world but a vital showcase for UK plc across the world, we should treasure them and look after that industry? We have had the furlough and other job retention schemes, but those who have fallen through the cracks are the freelancers. We must do something to protect...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements 23 Sep 2020

    Does my right hon. Friend agree that, as the UK’s performing arts are a global gold standard that are not only the envy of the world but a vital showcase for UK plc across the world, we should treasure them and look after that industry? We have had the furlough and other job retention schemes, but those who have fallen through the cracks are the freelancers. We must do something to protect...

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Conservative MP for Clacton

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election

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Expenses

Topics of interest

  • Treasury
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Education
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department for Digital
  • Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Arts: Finance
  • *No heading*
  • Apprentices: Low Incomes
  • Candidates: Females
  • Ofgem: Carbon Emissions

Currently held offices

  • Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation (since 10 Mar 2020)
  • Member, Administration Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
  • Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, DCMS Sub-Committee on Disinformation (12 Mar 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017)
  • Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 28 Sep 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 £2,500

Destination of visit: Israel and the West Bank

Dates of visit: 28 July – 2 August 2019

Purpose of visit: Fact finding political delegation.

(Registered 24 September 2019)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Until 16 October 2019, half share in shop with flat above, in Epping: (i). (Registered 04 July 2017; updated 18 December 2017 and 04 May 2020)
From 17 January 2020, a residential property in Tendring District: (i) and, from 20 March 2020, (ii). (Registered 28 January 2020; updated 04 May 2020)
8. Miscellaneous
Trustee of the Patricia Watling Trust; a trust which benefits members of my family. (Registered 04 July 2017)

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