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Jo Churchill

Conservative - Bury St Edmunds

First elected: 7th May 2015

Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

(since November 2023)

Committee of Selection
11th Oct 2022 - 21st Nov 2023
Vice Chamberlain (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
8th Sep 2022 - 13th Nov 2023
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2021 - 6th Jul 2022
Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill
22nd Jun 2022 - 5th Jul 2022
Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL]
9th Feb 2022 - 10th Feb 2022
Glue Traps (Offences) Bill
12th Jan 2022 - 19th Jan 2022
Animal (Penalty Notices) Bill
1st Dec 2021 - 8th Dec 2021
Health and Care Bill
7th Sep 2021 - 19th Sep 2021
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Jul 2019 - 16th Sep 2021
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
9th Jan 2018 - 26th Jul 2019
Women and Equalities Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 23rd Jan 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 31st Oct 2016


Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
27 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Collective Money Purchase Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2023
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Department Event
Tuesday 27th February 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
27 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Collective Money Purchase Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2023
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Department Event
Monday 18th March 2024
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
18 Mar 2024, 2:30 p.m.
Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 277 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 44 Noes - 285
Speeches
Monday 5th February 2024
Oral Answers to Questions
Nobody on either side of the House wants to see families struggling. However, I repeat that children living in workless …
Written Answers
Friday 22nd July 2022
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Suffolk
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve facilities for HGV drivers …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill 2016-17
A Bill to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 12th July 2021
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Until 5 May 2021, South Lincolnshire Scaffolding Ltd. (Registered 04 June 2015; updated 07 July 2021)
EDM signed
Wednesday 10th June 2015
NUTRITION IN NHS HOSPITALS
That this House believes that it is unacceptable for NHS hospitals and other properties to continue to serve foods high …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018
A Bill to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Jo Churchill has voted in 859 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Jo Churchill voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Daniel Zeichner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(75 debate interactions)
Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)
(41 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(17 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021
(18,900 words contributed)
Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022
(8,588 words contributed)
Animals (Penalty Notices) Act 2022
(3,485 words contributed)
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Bury St Edmunds Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Bury St Edmunds signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should repeal breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation. We believe these provisions are a flawed approach to public safety and an ethical failing with regards to animal welfare.

Shooting of Badgers is licensed by Natural England as part of the DEFRA Badger cull. 24,000+ Badgers were shot in 2019.

Given how many animals are sold online, we want Government to introduce regulation of all websites where animals are sold. Websites should be required to verify the identity of all sellers, and for young animals for sale pictures with their parents be posted with all listings.

Cervical screening needs to be every year.

This is because women are dying, mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters and sisters are dying.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.

12 kids in the UK are diagnosed with cancer daily. 1 in 5 will die within 5 years, often of the deadliest types like DIPG (brainstem cancer) - fatal on diagnosis & other cancers on relapse. Yet there has been little, or no, funding for research into these cancers and little, or no, progress.


Latest EDMs signed by Jo Churchill

27th May 2015
Jo Churchill signed this EDM on Wednesday 10th June 2015

NUTRITION IN NHS HOSPITALS

Tabled by: David Tredinnick (Conservative - Bosworth)
That this House believes that it is unacceptable for NHS hospitals and other properties to continue to serve foods high in sugar, fat and salt; and recommends that the NHS should lead by example and manage its estate in a way that stops promoting the over-consumption of energy-dense nutritionally poor …
17 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Jul 2015)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 7
Conservative: 2
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
27th May 2015
Jo Churchill signed this EDM on Wednesday 10th June 2015

OBESITY, DIET AND LABELLING

Tabled by: David Tredinnick (Conservative - Bosworth)
That this House welcomes the recommendations in the Health Select Committee Report, Impact of Physical Activity on Diet and Health; believes that the Government needs to prioritise prevention, health promotion and early intervention to tackle the growing obesity crisis, and provide the necessary resources; acknowledges that progress has been made …
23 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Jul 2015)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Scottish National Party: 4
Conservative: 2
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Jo Churchill, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Jo Churchill has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Jo Churchill has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Jo Churchill


A Bill to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 13th January 2017
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1 Bill co-sponsored by Jo Churchill

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018
Sponsor - Peter Bone (Ind)


9 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support rural homes that are not on mains gas to manage the increasing cost of domestic heating oil.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the noble Lord Allen of Kensington on 5 July 2022 to Question HL1128.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on what assessment National Grid has made of the impact of its proposed East Anglia GREEN project on farmers and rural communities.

The Government does not hold this information, but as part of the planning process for new infrastructure National Grid Electricity Transmission will identify preferred options considering a range of factors, including impacts on land and local communities. This will need to be balanced against other considerations, such as cost and environmental impacts. National Grid Electricity Transmission are required to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment for projects such as East Anglia GREEN, and this includes an assessment of community impacts.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve resilience and reliability at Haughley Junction.

The Department is considering proposals for performance enhancements at Haughley Junction. While I cannot discuss individual projects at present, I remain committed to providing clarity in the upcoming update to the Rail Network Enhancement Portfolio (RNEP).

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve facilities for HGV drivers on the A14 in Suffolk.

The Government recognises the need to ensure hauliers have access to appropriate services and facilities.

We will be investing £52.5 million in roadside facilities for HGV drivers on the road. The funding will go towards supporting operators to make improvements such as improving security and eating facilities as well as possibly increasing spaces for lorry drivers.

We have commissioned a ‘National Lorry Parking Survey’ which commenced in January 2022 and will be used as our primary evidence base to understand what improvements are most needed and where they are needed. The A14 in Suffolk is included in this survey and its output will be used, both to set criteria for government funding and will be available to support planning applications for new lorry parking.

The Department continues to engage with key stakeholders to encourage the development of more safe, secure, and high-quality lorry parking to improve driver welfare.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that National Highways is delivering on its duty to clear litter on the A14.

The responsibility for clearing highway litter and sweeping carriageways is governed by the Environmental Protection Act (1990). National Highways’ responsibility for clearing litter is limited to motorways, with a small number of exceptions. Litter picking on most trunk roads, including the A14, lies with the relevant local authority.

National Highways has committed to keep the Strategic Road Network predominantly free from litter, without compromising safety and delivered in an affordable way. To continuously improve collaboration with local authorities and partnership working, National Highways shares forward maintenance and traffic management plans with local authorities to allow for litter collection to be carried out safely and simultaneously to maintenance.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support improvement at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS England’s recovery programme is working directly with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, the Care Quality Commission is currently proceeding with the enforcement process of the Section 29A Warning Notice and has scheduled an unannounced follow up inspection. The CQC’s engagement with and visits to the Trust will continue, with further visits planned in August 2022.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on expanding the number of mental health clinicians working in schools.

We have committed to deploy mental health support teams to approximately 35% of schools and colleges by 2023. The role of education mental health practitioner has recently been added to mental health support teams. Since 2019, 1,164 practitioners have completed the one-year training. A further 503 are in training, with 221 due to complete training in September 2022 and the remaining 282 in January 2023. A further 456 training places have been commissioned, with 245 starting in September 2022 and the remaining 211 in January 2023. These cohorts will be available to join services in schools in September 2023 and January 2024 respectively.

Gillian Keegan
Secretary of State for Education
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional steps his Department will be taking to build further dental capacity in Suffolk.

NHS England has agreed short-term funding for dentistry in the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System to increase access to urgent dental care in Suffolk until 31 March 2023. The National Health Service in the East of England has developed a transformational dental strategy to deliver universal access to urgent dental care and preventative care.

14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional steps her Department is taking to ensure people receive their passports within published timescales.

Since April 2021, people have been advised to allow up to ten weeks to get their passport. Across the first 6 months of 2022 HMPO processed 97.7% of UK standard applications within 10 weeks.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has added 850 staff since April 2021. This has helped to ensure that more passport applications are being processed than ever before.

Processing capacity will increase further, with an additional 350 staff arriving within the summer.