Matt Western

Shadow Minister (Education)

Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington


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Matt Western’s voting in Parliament

Matt Western is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Matt Western sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

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

Matt Western has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Debate on the Address: [1st day] 10 May 2022

    It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady). It was also good to see the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Amy Callaghan) back in her place earlier, and to hear the very good maiden speech by the new hon. Member for Southend West (Anna Firth). We have been reminded of the three good colleagues we have lost: David Amess, James Brokenshire, whose memorial...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st day] 10 May 2022

  • Debate on the Address: [1st day] 10 May 2022

    I just want to applaud the right hon. Gentleman for what he said about the terrific work of local government throughout the pandemic and about the action that it took. However, the Government did promise to do everything necessary to support local authorities financially through that time, “whatever it takes”. Unfortunately, local authorities such as Warwick District Council and...

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Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington

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

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Topics of interest

  • Department for Education
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Housing
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Energy: Housing
  • Students: Loans
  • Turing Scheme
  • Higher Education: Finance
  • Coronavirus: Health Education

Currently held offices

  • Member, Skills and Post-16 Education [HL] Bill Committee (since 24 Nov 2021)
  • Member, Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill Committee (since 7 Sep 2021)
  • Shadow Minister (Education) (since 8 Mar 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, International Trade Committee (2 Mar 2020 to 28 Sep 2020)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (12 Feb 2020 to 14 May 2021)
  • Member, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (5 Feb 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, International Trade Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 3 May 2022.

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
House in Dorset, owned jointly with a family member: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 July 2017)
7. (ii) Other shareholdings, valued at more than £70,000
Apple; technology company. (Registered 05 July 2017)

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