Alex Sobel

Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Labour/Co-operative MP for Leeds North West


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Alex Sobel’s voting in Parliament

Alex Sobel is a Labour/Co-operative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour/Co-operative MPs.

However, Alex Sobel sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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

Alex Sobel has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Deforestation in the Amazon — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] 23 Jun 2021

    It is excellent to see you in the chair, Mr McCabe. I once again find myself in agreement with the right hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), as I was in the tourism and travel debate. I thank him for securing this vital debate, which could not have come at a more appropriate time, as we marked World Rainforest Day yesterday. Last February, Chief Raoni, a chief of the Kayapo...
  • Social Care Reform 23 Jun 2021

    We all know that commissioning in social care is broken. The price paid for care is too low, the wages paid to carers are too small and there is a lack of training and professional development for carers. I would like the Minister to address the issue of home care being commissioned by the minute—it is the only publicly funded service commissioned or measured by time. Will the social care...
  • Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Innovation 23 Jun 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his Department’s Innovation Strategy.

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Labour/Co-operative MP for Leeds North West

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

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Topics of interest

  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Home Office
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Digital
  • Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Armed Forces: Housing
  • Asylum
  • Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances
  • Carillion
  • Asylum: Housing

Currently held offices

  • Member, Monken Hadley Common Bill Unopposed Bill Committee (since 16 Jun 2021)
  • Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (since 10 Apr 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Highgate Cemetery Bill Committee (16 Jun 2021 to 16 Jun 2021)
  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 22 Feb 2021)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Environmental Audit 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 Jun 2021.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for surveys. All fees paid direct to Leeds North West Labour Party.
3 August 2020, payment of £200. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 01 March 2021)
15 December 2020, payment of £200. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 01 March 2021)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for surveys. All fees paid direct to Leeds North West Labour Party.
16 March 2020, payment of £170. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 01 March 2021)
21 April 2020, payment of £200. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 01 March 2021)
11 September 2020, payment of £100. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 01 March 2021)

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