Alex Sobel

Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

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:

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

Recent appearances

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 26 Jan 2023

    I would like to speak about one ordinary person—my great-grandfather David, who was in Lviv, Ukraine during the war. To survive, he needed a job, and to get a job, he needed a life number. He worked in a hairdresser’s, but he had to bribe the hairdresser and he did not have enough money to bribe them. His valuable belongings were hidden in a safe house and the person who owned the safe...
  • Ukraine Update 26 Jan 2023

    As co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Ukraine, I am overwhelmed by the support from across the House for the people of Ukraine, and I thank the Government for the amount of military assistance that they are giving. One of the outstanding issues of the war, and something that is maybe slightly newer in modern warfare, is the overwhelming use of drones—Russia’s use of...
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Shellfish: Sales 26 Jan 2023

    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she is taking steps to ban the online sale of live crustaceans from online retailers, including Amazon.

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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
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Home Office
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Education
  • Asylum
  • Armed Forces: Housing
  • Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances
  • Coronavirus: Vaccination
  • Animal Experiments

Currently held offices

  • Member, Shark Fins Bill Committee (since 9 Nov 2022)
  • Member, Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform Bill) Committee (since 2 Nov 2022)
  • Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (since 4 Dec 2021)
  • Member, Highgate Cemetery Bill Committee (since 21 Jun 2021)
  • Member, Monken Hadley Common Bill Unopposed Bill Committee (since 16 Jun 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Highgate Cemetery Bill Committee (16 Jun 2021 to 16 Jun 2021)
  • Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (10 Apr 2020 to 4 Dec 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: 23 Jan 2023.

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.
30 July 2021, payment of £275. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 07 January 2022)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for surveys. All fees paid direct to Leeds North West Labour Party.
30 April 2021, payment of £200. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 07 January 2022)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Address of donor: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds LS6 3BU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two Tickets with hospitality for the England v New Zealand, estimated value £1,000

Date received: 26 June 2022

Date accepted: 26 June 2022

Donor status: company, registration IP28929R

(Registered 27 June 2022)
Name of donor: UK Music
Address of donor: Savoy Hill House, 7-10 Savoy Hill, London WC2R 0BU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: One ticket to a Rolling Stones concert, value £349

Date received: 3 July 2022

Date accepted: 3 July 2022

Donor status: company, registration 03245288

(Registered 06 July 2022)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Deakin University
Address of donor: 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Travel, accommodation, and subsistence, approx. value £3,900

Destination of visit: Melbourne

Dates of visit: 14-28 August 2022

Purpose of visit: Guest Speaking, roundtables, study visits and recording of teaching material.

(Registered 12 September 2022)
Name of donor: ICCF Group
Address of donor: 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Travel, accommodation and subsistence, value £1,500

Destination of visit: Montreal

Dates of visit: 7-12 December 2022

Purpose of visit: Part of the APPG International Conservation delegation to UN CBD COP15.

(Registered 09 January 2023)

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