Ben Lake

Shadow PC Spokesperson (Treasury)

Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion


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Ben Lake’s voting in Parliament

Ben Lake is a Plaid Cymru MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Plaid Cymru MPs.

This is a random selection of Ben Lake’s votes.

Last updated: 18 May 2022. Learn more about our voting records and what they mean.

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Ben Lake has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Devolution of Justice: Wales — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] 29 Nov 2022

    On the specific point about the alignment between the UK Government, the Ministry of Justice and the Welsh Government, does the Minister accept that it is frustrating, as a Member representing a rural constituency, to have witnessed so many court closures in the past decade? The court closures were made without any clear consideration of the fact that there are no direct transport links, so...
  • Wales: Cost of Living: Support for Households 23 Nov 2022

    What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support households in Wales with the cost of living.
  • Wales: Cost of Living: Support for Households 23 Nov 2022

    I welcome the right hon. Member to his role as Secretary of State for Wales. As he will be aware, off-grid households and businesses have experienced quite rapid increases in the price of their heating. That is a big concern in areas such as Ceredigion, where 74% of properties are not connected to the mains gas grid. Quite simply, when does he expect those households and businesses to receive...

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Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion

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

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Topics of interest

  • Treasury
  • Department for Digital
  • Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Home Office
  • EU Grants and Loans
  • S4C: Reviews
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Children: Poverty
  • Telecommunications: Infrastructure

Currently held offices

  • Member, Down Syndrome Bill Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)
  • Member, Welsh Grand Committee (since 18 Jan 2022)
  • Member, Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Committee (since 3 Nov 2021)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Treasury) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Education) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health and Social Care) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Shadow PC Spokesperson (The Constitution and Welsh Affairs) (since 21 Jul 2020)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 Nov 2022.

3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: S4C
Address of donor: Canolfan S4C, Yr Egin, Carmarthen SA31 3EQ

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Hospitality for one at Wales v New Zealand rugby match in Cardiff, estimated value £600

Date received: 30 October 2021

Date accepted: 30 October 2021

Donor status: other (public service broadcaster)

(Registered 10 December 2021)

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