James Duddridge Portrait

James Duddridge

Conservative - Rochford and Southend East

First elected: 5th May 2005


James Duddridge is not a member of any APPGs
5 Former APPG memberships
Botswana, General Aviation, River Thames, Running, Virgin Islands
Treasury Committee
26th Jun 2023 - 11th Dec 2023
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Sep 2022 - 26th Oct 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill
4th Oct 2022 - 18th Oct 2022
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Jul 2022 - 7th Sep 2022
Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill
15th Dec 2021 - 5th Jan 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Sep 2020 - 16th Sep 2021
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
13th Feb 2020 - 2nd Sep 2020
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Exiting the European Union)
27th Jul 2019 - 13th Feb 2020
High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons)
5th Feb 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons)
7th Feb 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact
13th Sep 2017 - 4th Jun 2018
International Development Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 4th Jun 2018
Procedure Committee
21st Nov 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
11th Aug 2014 - 17th Jul 2016
Regulatory Reform
3rd Dec 2012 - 12th Sep 2014
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Dec 2012 - 12th Sep 2014
Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee)
10th Jul 2013 - 11th Dec 2013
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Opposition Whip (Commons)
20th Jan 2008 - 6th May 2010
International Development Committee
24th Jul 2006 - 10th Mar 2008
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 19th Feb 2007


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, James Duddridge has voted in 709 divisions, and 8 times against the majority of their Party.

17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
James Duddridge 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
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
James Duddridge 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
22 Mar 2023 - Northern Ireland - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 515 Noes - 29
28 Jun 2023 - Holocaust Memorial Bill: Committal - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 11 Noes - 379
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 315 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 276
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
James Duddridge voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
View All James Duddridge 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
Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
(31 debate interactions)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(12 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(24 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(19 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Holocaust Memorial Bill 2022-23
(118 words contributed)
Procurement Act 2023
(111 words contributed)
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View all James Duddridge's debates

Rochford and Southend East 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).

James Duddridge has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by James Duddridge

21st February 2024
James Duddridge signed this EDM on Wednesday 21st February 2024

No confidence in the Speaker

Tabled by: William Wragg (Independent - Hazel Grove)
That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker.
91 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Mar 2024)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 43
Scottish National Party: 41
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Workers Party of Britain: 1
23rd February 2023
James Duddridge signed this EDM on Monday 27th February 2023

VAT on audiobooks

Tabled by: Mike Penning (Conservative - Hemel Hempstead)
That this House recognises that audio books, now popular and widely available across all genres; from business to academic, from historical to self help, are a lifeline for many people with sight loss, visual impairment, dyslexia or other reading disabilities; agrees that audio books offer unique opportunities for visually-impaired and …
58 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Jun 2023)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 20
Labour: 14
Liberal Democrat: 10
Conservative: 5
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
View All James Duddridge's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by James Duddridge, 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.


James Duddridge has not been granted any Urgent Questions

James Duddridge has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

James Duddridge has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 15 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
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has taken recent steps to help support (a) the universal service obligation held by and (b) the financial sustainability of Royal Mail.

The Government’s objective continues to be ensuring the provision of a sustainable, accessible, and affordable universal postal service. Ofcom is the independent regulator for postal services and it has the power and responsibility under the Postal Services Act 2011 to regulate the provision of a financially sustainable and efficient UK universal postal service.

Ofcom has in place a monitoring regime that seeks to identify any threats or risks to the universal postal service and it publishes on its website an annual report summarising its monitoring programme which includes an assessment of Royal Mail’s overall financial position:

www.ofcom.org.uk/postal-services/information-for-the-postal-industry/monitoring_reports.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
5th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to take steps to amend the Postal Services Act 2011 to allow Royal Mail to move to five-day letter delivery.

The Government has no current plans to change the statutory minimum requirements of the universal postal service which are set out in the Postal Services Act 2011.

There is a clear and transparent process for how changes to the universal postal service should be considered and any change would need to be made through secondary legislation and agreed by Parliament.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of mandating sustainable drainage systems for all new housing developments in England.

Defra carried out a review into making sustainable drainage systems mandatory for new developments in England. The review was published on 10 January 2023 and the Government is now looking at how best to implement through Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Final decisions on scope, threshold and process will be made following a public consultation later this year and implementation will take place during 2024.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make an assessment of any potential disruption to the UK Morocco Association Agreement and the risk to securing access to affordable fruits and vegetable sold in the UK market.

The UK Morocco Association Agreement has been in operation since 1 January 2021 and we are now working effectively with Morocco to assess how we can maximise trade under the agreement. At the trade sub-committee earlier this year, we discussed a range of priority sectors, including fruits and vegetables which constitute around 35% of all goods imported from Morocco to the UK.

There is an ongoing Judicial Review pertaining to the application of the Association Agreement to the Western Sahara. We are unable to comment as this is a matter of sub-judice whilst the matter is in UK courts.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving tests were conducted at the Southend Driving Test Centre in each year since 2010.

The table below shows the number of car practical driving tests conducted at Southend-on-Sea driving test centre each year. The test centre did not open until May 2012.

Year (April to April)

No. of driving tests conducted at Southend-on-Sea driving test centre

2012 to 2013

2234

2013 to 2014

3869

2014 to 2015

5064

2015 to 2016

5772

2016 to 2017

6639

2017 to 2018

6485

2018 to 2019

6825

2019 to 2020

6306

2020 to 2021

1201

2021 to 2022

4581

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions her Department has had with (a) hospitals in (i) Essex and (ii) Hertfordshire and (b) the Royal London Hospital on improving helicopter night landing availability.

We have had no such discussions. Decisions on the location of National Health Service Hospital Helicopter Landing Sites, including night landing capacity, are taken locally by NHS organisations consistent with their clinical services and patient needs.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
What recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of continual glucose monitors in treating diabetes.

The Department has not made any recent assessment. Commissioning decisions for the adoption of technology products in diabetes are guided by authoritative, evidence-based guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE has made a number of recommendations on continuous glucose monitoring in its suite of guidelines on diabetes, which are currently being updated. NICE will consider the evidence on and expects to publish its updated guidance in March 2022.

17th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Malawi on the treatment and work of Martha Chizuma, Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau Director.

The UK endorses the President of Malawi's commitment to fight corruption in Malawi. We welcome the reversal of the decision to suspend the Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Martha Chizuma, after criminal charges against her were dropped. The UK provides technical assistance to Malawian law enforcement agencies, such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau, to help increase their capacity to pursue cases linked to serious corruption.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many full time equivalent staff his Department has in Eswatini.

The full time equivalent FCDO staff in Eswatini is fewer than 10.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
6th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the democracy movement in Eswatini.

The UK Government remains disappointed by the lack of progress towards meaningful dialogue in Eswatini to address the restrictions on democratic and civil rights. We are clear that all citizens have the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and that the Government of Eswatini must exercise restraint and respect the human rights of its people. Through our High Commissioner in Mbabane, representations on this matter have been made directly to King Mswati III, the Prime Minister of Eswatini and others, including senior officers in the police service. The High Commissioner has also engaged with political activists within the Political Parties Assembly (PPA) and the wider Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) to better understand their aspirations and capacities and to encourage constructive pursuit of their political goals. The FCDO will continue to monitor the human rights and security situation in Eswatini and promote dialogue and peaceful resolution of the political and social conflicts within the country.

Andrew Mitchell
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)
14th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of potential changes in the sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory; and what assessment he has made of the relevance to those policies of the lessons learned from the lease of Hong Kong from China.

The UK and Mauritius have decided to begin negotiations on the exercise of sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory/Chagos Archipelago. You will appreciate that we are not able to provide any detail on the content of ongoing discussions, or speculate on the possible outcome of negotiations. However, we will keep Members and Parliament informed at key junctures.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the timetable for the consultation on the Private Parking Code of Practice.

The department is currently reviewing the levels of private parking charges and additional fees set out in the temporarily withdrawn Private Parking Code of Practice. As part of this review, we are carrying out an impact assessment and will consult before retaking new decisions on these elements of the Code.

The assessment will consider all relevant impacts that arise from the new Code and will cover England, Scotland and Wales where the Code is going to apply


Further details will be set out in due course.

1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the Terms of Reference for the consultation on the Private Parking Code of Practice.

The department is currently reviewing the levels of private parking charges and additional fees set out in the temporarily withdrawn Private Parking Code of Practice. As part of this review, we are carrying out an impact assessment and will consult before retaking new decisions on these elements of the Code.

The assessment will consider all relevant impacts that arise from the new Code and will cover England, Scotland and Wales where the Code is going to apply


Further details will be set out in due course.

1st Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has undertaken a business impact assessment of the proposed changes to the Private Parking Code of Practice in (a) Rochford and Southend East constituency and (b) England.

The department is currently reviewing the levels of private parking charges and additional fees set out in the temporarily withdrawn Private Parking Code of Practice. As part of this review, we are carrying out an impact assessment and will consult before retaking new decisions on these elements of the Code.

The assessment will consider all relevant impacts that arise from the new Code and will cover England, Scotland and Wales where the Code is going to apply


Further details will be set out in due course.

21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps his Department has taken to help tackle rough sleeping.

In September we published our ‘Ending Rough Sleeping for Good’ strategy, as part of our manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping within this parliament.

The Government will spend an unprecedented £2 billion over the next three years to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. This will build on the success of Everyone In, which helped to protect thousands of vulnerable people during the pandemic.

This is in the context of significant economic challenges ahead and the Government is focused on getting the public finances on a sustainable footing whilst protecting the most vulnerable members in society.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)