Sheryll Murray Portrait

Sheryll Murray

Conservative - South East Cornwall

First elected: 6th May 2010

Select Committees
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (since March 2020)
Panel of Chairs (since June 2020)
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill
5th Jan 2022 - 12th Jan 2022
Animal (Penalty Notices) Bill
1st Dec 2021 - 8th Dec 2021
High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons)
5th Feb 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
5th Nov 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 3rd Dec 2012

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Sheryll Murray has voted in 813 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
Sheryll Murray voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Sheryll Murray voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Sheryll Murray voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
View All Sheryll Murray Division Votes

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
George Eustice (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Richard Foord (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
(11 debate interactions)
View All Sparring Partners
Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(34 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(21 debate contributions)
View All Department Debates
View all Sheryll Murray's debates

South East Cornwall 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 South East Cornwall signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

We want the Government to amend the Grocery Supply Code of Practice (GSCP) to require retailers, without exception, to:

- Buy what they agreed to buy
- Pay what they agreed to pay
- Pay on time

We believe the current GSCP is inadequate and doesn't protect farmers from unfair behaviour.

A new offence should be created and legal sanctions should be introduced to stop MPs intentionally or recklessly misleading the public. This could restore a degree of trust in the UK's political system.

The Government should introduce legislation to make lying in the House of Commons a criminal offence. This would mean that all MPs, including Ministers, would face a serious penalty for knowingly making false statements in the House of Commons, as is the case in a court of law.

Revoke local government powers to charge CAZ, LEZ, and ULEZ.

The Mayor's proposed extension of ULEZ over a short timeframe could negatively impact millions of people and businesses across SE England.

1.Restaurants to put all information about allergens in their food on the face of the main menu so customers have full visibility on what they're ordering.
2.Servers must initiate a discussion with customers about allergies on all occasions.
3.National register for anaphylaxis deaths

The Government should appoint an Allergy Tsar to act as a champion for people with allergies to ensure they receive appropriate support and joined up health care to prevent avoidable deaths and ill health.

Amend legislation to make it a legal requirement for a driver to stop & report accidents involving cats.

The Government needs to take back ownership of strategic energy assets. It needs to accept that the Free Market has failed the energy sector, that it is in the national interest to renationalise our energy assets. The Government must therefore renationalise all the UK energy assets.

We propose to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make pet theft a specific offence, distinct from that of inanimate objects; and in sentencing, the courts must consider the fear, alarm or distress to the pet and owners and not monetary value.

Pet Theft Reform 2020: Revise the sentencing guidelines in the Theft Act 1968 to reclassify pet theft as a specific crime. Ensure that monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of dog and cat theft crime for sentencing purposes. Recognise pet theft as a category 2 offence or above.

Latest EDMs signed by Sheryll Murray

19th December 2019
Sheryll Murray signed this EDM on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 42
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Labour: 1
Reform UK: 1
11th April 2019
Sheryll Murray signed this EDM on Thursday 11th 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: 69
Independent: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Non-affiliated: 1
View All Sheryll Murray's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Sheryll Murray, 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.

Sheryll Murray has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Sheryll Murray has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Sheryll Murray

Third reading - the final chance for the Lords to change the Bill - took place on 18 March and no amendments were made. As both Houses have agreed on the text of the Bill it now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent when the Bill will become an Act of Parliament. A date for Royal Assent has yet to be set.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014 and was enacted into law.

A Bill to make provision in relation to marine navigation and harbours.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 25th April 2013 and was enacted into law.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to prohibit the keeping of primates as pets in the United Kingdom and the breeding, sale and purchase of primates; to introduce breed-specific codes of practice for the keeping of primates in animal sanctuaries and for species conservation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 18th January 2012

Latest 25 Written Questions

(View all written questions)
Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on female employment.

The latest ONS official statistics show the female employment rate at 71.8% up to the end of January 2021. This Government recognises that times are hard for many women, and men, which is why we have extended the furlough scheme until September, alongside new measures in our Plan for Jobs, such as our £2bn Kickstart Scheme and the Restart programme, which launches in the summer.

Kemi Badenoch
President of the Board of Trade
26th May 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what steps the Government is taking to improve prosecution rates for (a) fraud and (b) economic crime.

In the year ending September 2021, the CPS prosecuted 7,609 defendants where Fraud and Forgery were the principal offence. 84.9% of those defendants were convicted. In the last five years, the SFO secured reparations for criminal behaviour for organisations it investigated totalling over £1.3bn.

The CPS deploy a network of prosecutors around the world to help extradite suspects and secure the evidence needed to bring criminals to justice in this jurisdiction.

The Government has introduced the Online Safety Bill, requiring all companies to take robust action against illegal content. Companies will need to remove material that amounts to an offence in the UK regardless of where in the world it originated.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
10th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to improve the transparency of public procurement rules for small and medium-sized enterprises.

This Government knows that small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of the British economy.

The Procurement Bill we are introducing will bring four regimes into one and enable simpler, more flexible public procurement processes.

The single central digital platform, with open contracting data standards and efficient ‘tell us once’ register of suppliers, will deliver a step-change in transparency, including for SMEs bidding for public contracts.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
7th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to support the green industry.

The UK has attracted around £120 billion investment in renewables since 2010 and is expected to attract a further £100 billion investment in net zero by 2030, supporting up to 480,000 jobs.

The Government is providing investors with long-term certainty over policy and regulatory frameworks to unlock investment and create jobs in green industries such as hydrogen, CCUS, offshore wind and nuclear.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on AI safety.

I have had several such discussions including at the AI Safety Summit, during which I was pleased to meet with more than 20 Digital Ministers.

I have since engaged with my counterparts from Australia, Japan, France, the US and the EU, and I have recently met with my Canadian counterpart to sign an important new agreement on compute collaboration.

I will continue to discuss AI safety as we work towards the next Safety Summits hosted by the Republic of Korea and France.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with Building Digital UK on Type A procurements for Cornwall; and what the timetable is for announcing a decision on those procurements.

As part of Project Gigabit, we are delivering two local supplier procurements (Type A) for Central Cornwall and South West Cornwall. Combined, the two procurements are estimated to cover up to 19,000 premises, with a total value of £18 million. We expect to award contracts in January 2023.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to improve access to swimming pools.

The Government recognises the importance of improving access to pools however the responsibility primarily lies at Local Authorities level. Swimming is a crucial life skill, as well as a great way to stay fit, and I encourage Local Authorities to invest in swimming facilities.

In response to the pandemic, the government supported the reopening of local authority swimming pools through the £100 million National Leisure Recovery Fund.

Sport England has also awarded over £24 million to swimming and diving projects since April 2017.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve the recognition of vocational qualifications.

Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) provide an important and valued route for many young people and adults. We are streamlining and improving the quality of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below. Our reforms will put employers at the heart of the system, ensuring that all qualifications are fit for purpose, high quality and lead to good outcomes. We are creating clearly defined academic and technical routes at level 3, leading to future study and or skilled employment.

As set out in our level 3 consultation response published in July 2021, students will continue to be able to study qualifications similar to current Applied General qualifications where there is no overlap with T Levels. On 11 May we published a provisional list of 160 qualifications that overlap with the first two waves of T Levels. These qualifications will have funding approval withdrawn for anyone eligible to access the qualification through the 16-19 funding offer on 1 August 2024, unless awarding organisations successfully appeal their qualifications’ inclusion. The final list will be published in September 2022.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help promote the value of technical qualifications.

The department is strengthening routes for all students to progress through the system, by introducing high-quality technical qualifications that support young people’s progression and meet the needs of employers.

In January this year the department launched our ‘Get the Jump’ campaign, which helps 14-19 year olds explore all their education and training options. We recognise that technical education routes have lower levels of awareness, therefore this campaign spotlights T Levels, Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Higher Technical Qualifications in particular.

The department is also working closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge programme to ensure that teachers and careers leaders have the information and resources they need to communicate the benefits of T Levels to their students.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Jun 2021
What steps his Department is taking to support more young people into technical and further education.

The Skills for Jobs White Paper sets our plans to transform technical education and is focused on giving people the skills they need, in a way that suits them, so they can get great jobs in sectors the economy needs and boost productivity.

Our reforms will put employers at the heart of the skills system and by 2030, almost all technical courses will be on employer-led standards, ensuring that the education and training people receive are directly linked to the skills needed for jobs.

We have been raising the quality and prestige of technical education by introducing T Levels, which are a high-quality technical alternative to A levels with an industry placement, and are reforming higher technical education (Level 4/5) to make it a more popular and prestigious choice that provides the skills employers need.

The Plan for Jobs introduced last year provides a package of support to ensure young people have the skills and training to go on to high quality, secure and fulfilling employment. This includes incentives for employers to take on new apprentices, supporting the largest-ever expansion of Traineeships, giving school and college leavers the opportunity to study high value Level 2 and 3 courses, and funding more vocational training placements to support the delivery of sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) placements.

25th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support fishing communities.

We are supporting fishing communities by:

  • Negotiating quotas of 750,000 tonnes to fish in 2024, an 80,000 tonne increase compared to 2023 which will deliver an up to £70 million boost for our fishing industry.
  • And we are going even further, by developing new fisheries for species like Bluefin Tuna, and providing £100 million through the UK Seafood Fund.
Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of the Seasonal Worker visa on the adequacy of the number of people available to fill seasonal farming roles.

This Government is committed to ensuring that the farming sector has the labour it needs to support food security, including supporting domestic workers and skills, and investment in automation.

We commissioned the Independent Review into Labour Shortages in the Food Supply Chain to consider how we can further support this, and look forward to receiving the report by the summer.

As set out at the recent UK Farm to Fork Summit, we will make 45,000 Seasonal Worker visas available for 2023 and 2024, with an additional 10,000 if needed.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
What steps her Department has taken through the fourth Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region held in June 2020 to provide support to people suffering as a result of the conflict in that country.

At the Brussels conference, the International Development Secretary committed at least £300 million in aid for 2020, bringing total UK spend to over £3 billion for Syria and the Region. This is funding life-saving aid, supporting refugees and their host communities, and helping vulnerable Syrians to be self-reliant through education and training.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to bring critical national infrastructure routes under his Department's control.

The Department does not designate whole routes as critical national infrastructure, only certain systems, or key infrastructure points.

Both Network Rail and National Highways are government owned companies, operating the rail network in Great Britain and motorway and major A-roads in England respectively.

We regularly review the strategic road network extent to ensure it remains fit for purpose, most recently in the consultation process that will inform the third road investment strategy, between 2025-2030.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to support motorists with road tolls.

Established government policy is that river and estuarial crossings will normally be funded by tolls, recognising the extra cost of their construction and maintenance, and also the substantial benefits for their users.

Other than such crossings and the M6 Toll motorway, the majority of the road network is free of tolls, and the Government has no plans to change this.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of tolls on major routes on the users of those routes.

The only charge for users of the current strategic road network managed by National Highways is at the Dartford Crossing, where evidence has shown that it helps manage congestion to provide more reliable journeys for users.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the condition of roads in England.

During this Parliament the Government is investing over £5 billion in highways maintenance. It is up to the respective highway authority how best to spend this funding to fulfil their statutory duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980. The Department encourages good practice in highway maintenance through channels such as the Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice produced by the UK Roads Leadership Group (UKRLG).

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the quality of nursing in care homes.

I created the post of Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care. Deborah Sturdy is providing outstanding leadership for social care nursing in this role. She has been raising the profile of social care nursing and increasing the recognition of excellence in social care. As we take forwards our social care reforms, social care nurses and care workers are front and centre of our workforce ambitions.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that standards on (a) food labelling and allergens and (b) staff training on allergens in restaurants are (i) maintained and (ii) enhanced.

Information provided to the consumer must not mislead and must enable the safe use of food. The United Kingdom maintains high standards on the information provided on food labelling to ensure consumer confidence. The Government food strategy sets out further action on consumer information and transparency.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) aims to reduce harm to people with food hypersensitivity and ensure that related food safety standards are maintained. This includes improving the provision of information for people with allergies and working with food businesses to increase allergen training in the sector. The FSA’s programme on food hypersensitivity is focused on policy, research and evidence to support enforcement and engaging with consumers and businesses.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the two bomb attacks in Jerusalem on 23 November 2022.

We are appalled by the recent terrorist attacks. There can be no justification for such acts of violence. Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in peace and security.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
20th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made on making police services more accessible.

  • As set out in the Beating Crime Plan, we are investing in the development and delivery of the Single Online Home, a national platform allowing the public to access a range of interactive police services in one place, including details about their neighbourhood police officers and their contact details.
  • To ensure that the police know how responsive their local force is to 999 calls, we worked with policing to publish 999 answering times, and in September 2023 I wrote to police forces encouraging the publication of 101 answering time data.
Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression.

Ukrainian forces have outperformed their Russian opponents using conventional military defensive tactics, the resourceful employment of special forces, and guerrilla attacks. They have stubbornly held ground, carried out counter-attacks to keep Russian forces off-balance, and prevented repeated Russian attempts to breakthrough or encircle their forces. Russia is now using massed artillery to wear down Ukrainian defences. Ukraine has proved to be nimble and resilient against this approach, limiting Russian gains.

4th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support the delivery of nationally significant infrastructure.

Nationally significant infrastructure is vital for growing the economy, creating new jobs and levelling up our communities. In February, the government set out reforms to the system in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Action Plan, and will be consulting on detailed proposals shortly.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
4th Nov 2020
What steps his Department plans to take to help tackle vexatious claims made against (a) armed forces and (b) police personnel in Northern Ireland.

The Government has been clear that it will introduce legislation to address the legacy of the Troubles that focuses on reconciliation, delivers for victims, and ends the cycle of re-investigations that has failed victims, veterans and police personnel alike.

We remain committed to engaging with partners from all communities and making progress on this important issue as quickly as possible.

1st Mar 2023
What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support offshore wind in Wales.

Floating offshore wind will create thousands of high-quality jobs in Wales, drive economic growth and help us reach our net zero and energy security ambitions.

I will continue to work with colleagues across Government and The Crown Estate as they progress plans to bring forward 4 Gigawatts of projects in the Celtic Sea by 2035.