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Gillian Keegan

Conservative - Chichester

First elected: 8th June 2017

Secretary of State for Education

(since October 2022)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Sep 2021 - 7th Sep 2022
Down Syndrome Bill
19th Jan 2022 - 26th Jan 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Feb 2020 - 16th Sep 2021
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint)
27th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Standing Orders
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 3rd Dec 2018

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gillian Keegan has voted in 827 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(57 debate interactions)
Toby Perkins (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Nature and Rural Affairs)
(21 debate interactions)
Bridget Phillipson (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(589 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(194 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
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Chichester 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

In 2014 the Human Medicines Act was amended so that schools could keep emergency stocks of salbutamol inhalers without prescription. Asthma is increasing in the UK and we believe that adult sufferers of Asthma working in high-risk commercial kitchens should have similar life-saving support.

Currently, it is not compulsory for primary or secondary school students to be educated on Britain's role in colonisation, or the transatlantic slave trade. We petition the government to make education on topics such as these compulsory, with the ultimate aim of a far more inclusive curriculum.

The threat of covid19 is real. Children can’t be expected to maintain sufficient social distancing to keep this virus from spreading. They are social creatures. Allowing them back to school could cause a new spike in cases. They could bring it back home, even if they are a-symptomatic.

The Government should cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021 due to the disruption of Covid-19. By the time students go back to normal learning, 6 months will have passed since schools were closed to most pupils. This has already had a huge impact on the studying of so many.

Schools should move to online learning from 9 December so that all students and school staff have a chance to isolate for two weeks and then can safely meet older relatives.

Close down schools and colleges due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. We are seeing cases of students and teachers catching the virus since schools have reopened.

Latest EDMs signed by Gillian Keegan

21st January 2019
Gillian Keegan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 21st January 2019


Tabled by: Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
That this House commemorates the life and work of Professor Martin Gore CBE who tragically passed away suddenly; notes that he was a giant amongst UK cancer doctors, a pioneer in developing the field of medical oncology, spearheading many advances in the treatment of melanoma, renal and ovarian cancer; further …
37 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Mar 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 16
Scottish National Party: 9
Conservative: 5
Liberal Democrat: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 1
1st November 2017
Gillian Keegan signed this EDM on Wednesday 1st November 2017


Tabled by: Nic Dakin (Labour - Scunthorpe)
That this House notes that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month across the UK and that 16 November 2017 is designated World Pancreatic Cancer Day; congratulates all pancreatic cancer charities and their supporters on their activities to raise awareness of the disease during November, including the joint Purple Lights initiative, …
36 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Jan 2018)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 13
Labour: 13
Conservative: 6
Liberal Democrat: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gillian Keegan, 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.

Gillian Keegan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gillian Keegan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Gillian Keegan

Introduced: 1st February 2023

A Bill to make provision about the determination of the fee limit for higher education courses provided by registered English higher education providers subject to a fee limit condition; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 18th September 2023 and was enacted into law.

Latest 3 Written Questions

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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
16th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans she has in place to develop UK offshore wind generation capacity that meets net zero emissions targets and protects internationally important marine species and habitats.

We acknowledge the role of offshore wind in achieving the net zero target. We have provided more support for offshore wind than any other country in the world, helping us to reach record levels of renewable electricity generation in 2019. The UK accounts for around one third of world’s offshore wind capacity and has the world’s largest offshore wind market with 9.8GW of installed capacity which is expected to rise to 14GW by 2023 and 19.5GW by 2026.

We know that our European neighbours will also be deploying more offshore wind in shared sea spaces such as the North Sea. This continued pace of deployment drives the need to better understand the cumulative impacts. We are collaboratively working with the sector and wider stakeholders to address strategic deployment issues including cumulative environmental impacts on marine species and habitats.

29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 15 January 2020, Official Report column 1017, when he plans to make an announcement on changes to the apprenticeship levy.

We continue to engage with employers on the working of the apprenticeship levy. We are committed to improving the apprenticeship programme to ensure it continues to deliver the skilled workforce that employers need. We will set out further detail on this in due course.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the road network in England.

Through the first Road Investment Strategy, the Government has invested £17.6 billion in England’s Strategic Road Network since 2015. We intend to make £28.8 billion from the National Roads Fund available for our most strategically important roads over the next five years from 1 April 2020.

In addition, we are providing funding to local highway authorities to support maintenance of their roads, and have pledged £2 billion for the country’s largest ever pothole fixing programme.