Craig Whittaker

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Name: Craig Whittaker

Born: 30-Aug-62

Party: Conservative

Constituency: Calder Valley


Craig Whittaker is a British politician and a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party in the Calder Valley constituency. He was born on April 2, 1962, in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. He attended Rastrick Grammar School before working in the finance industry for 27 years.

Whittaker entered politics in 2000 when he was elected as a councilor on Calderdale Council, representing Brighouse ward. He served on the council for eight years before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Calder Valley in 2010.

In Parliament, Whittaker has been a member of the Education Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He has also served as the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships.


Last Election Results:

Craig Whittaker, a member of the Conservative Party, won his seat in the Calder Valley constituency with a total of 34,914 votes out of a possible 62,019. This represents a 56.3% majority in his constituency. The voter turnout was 73.8%, higher than the national average.

Voting History Snapshot

Craig Whittaker, a member of the Conservative Party and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Calder Valley, has recently voted on several key issues in British politics. He voted “Nay” to the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Bill: Report Stage: New Clause 3, which proposes new taxation laws after the UK’s transition period with the EU. However, he voted “Aye” to the Financial Assistance to Industry bill, which provides financial assistance to businesses during economic hardship. Whittaker also voted “Nay” to the Exiting the European Union (Excise) bill, which seeks to regulate excise duty on goods transported between the UK and the EU. He further voted “Nay” to the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021, a bill that would ease restrictions on abortion access in Northern Ireland. Additionally, Whittaker voted “Nay” to the NHS Funding Bill: Legislative Grand Committee (England) Amendment No. 2, which proposed additional funding for the NHS in England. He also voted “Nay” to the Opposition Motion: Testing of NHS and Social Care Staff, a bill requiring regular COVID-19 testing for NHS and social care staff. Finally, Whittaker voted “Aye” to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill: Second Reading, which would allow for the use of covert human intelligence sources in criminal investigations.

Contact Details

Telephone: 01422 371440


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