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Shailesh Vara

Conservative - North West Cambridgeshire

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(since July 2022)
3 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
India, Maldives, Mongolia
1 Former APPG membership
Parliamentary Estate
Environmental Audit Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 12th Oct 2020
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
23rd Jul 2018 - 15th Nov 2018
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
9th Jan 2018 - 23rd Jul 2018
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jul 2015 - 18th Jul 2016
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
7th Oct 2013 - 18th Jul 2016
Finance and Services Committee
14th Nov 2011 - 14th Jan 2013
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Administration Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 14th Nov 2011
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
8th Nov 2006 - 6th May 2010
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 11th Dec 2006
Vice-Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jul 2001 - 1st Jul 2005

Department Event
Wednesday 7th September 2022
Northern Ireland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Sep 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Northern Ireland
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Division Votes
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Thursday 26th May 2022
Address to Her Majesty: Platinum Jubilee
It is a great privilege and honour to congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her platinum jubilee on behalf of …
Written Answers
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Early Day Motions
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MP Financial Interests
Monday 29th November 2021
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: SBI (UK LTD)
Address of donor: State Bank of India, 15 King Street, London EC2V 8EA
Amount …
EDM signed
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Exiting the European Union
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Magistrates (Retirement Age) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to amend section 13 of the Courts Act 2003 to change the retirement age for magistrates from 70 …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Shailesh Vara has voted in 441 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Shailesh Vara voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
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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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(15 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(7 debate interactions)
Thangam Debbonaire (Labour)
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(8 debate contributions)
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North West Cambridgeshire 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 North West Cambridgeshire signature proportion
Shailesh Vara has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Shailesh Vara

11th April 2019
Shailesh Vara signed this EDM on Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Exiting the European Union

Tabled by: William Cash (Conservative - Stone)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 859), dated 11 April 2019, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11 April 2019, be annulled.
82 signatures
(Most recent: 29 Apr 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 73
Democratic Unionist Party: 7
Independent: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Shailesh Vara, 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.

Shailesh Vara has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Shailesh Vara

Thursday 12th November 2020

Shailesh Vara has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

1 Bill co-sponsored by Shailesh Vara

Magistrates (Retirement Age) Bill 2019-21
Sponsor - Edward Timpson (CON)

Shailesh Vara has not asked any Written Questions in the current parliament