Michael Shanks

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

Labour MP for Rutherglen

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Profile

Labour MP for Rutherglen

Entered the House of Commons on 6 October 2023 — Byelection

Also represented Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Expenses

Topics of interest

  • Foreign
  • Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Treasury
  • Department for Business and Trade
  • Department for Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Unrwa
  • UNRWA: Finance
  • Charities: Equality
  • Rwanda: Asylum
  • UNRWA: Hamas

Currently held offices

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero) (since 9 Jul 2024)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (22 Jan 2024 to 30 May 2024)
  • Shadow Minister (Scotland) (28 Nov 2023 to 30 May 2024)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Recent appearances

  • Infected Blood Compensation Scheme 21 May 2024

    Twenty years ago, the late former chair of the Scottish Infected Blood Forum, Philip Dolan, said that, for years, every time we have reached the top of the mountain, the cloud lifts and there is another mountain to climb. I think, from the Minister’s statement today, there is some sense that there might not be another mountain to climb, but there is a need for some transparency,...
  • Energy Security and Net Zero: Berwick Bank Wind Farm 21 May 2024

    What discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the Berwick Bank wind farm project.
  • Energy Security and Net Zero: Berwick Bank Wind Farm 21 May 2024

    I thank the Minister for his answer and for the promise that officials will work together, but he will be aware that this is a 4.1 GW renewables project that could be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, delivering over £8 billion to the UK economy. The only reason that it is not eligible for this year’s contract for difference auction is the Scottish Government’s failure to make...

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