Craig Whittaker

Member of Parliament for Calder Valley

Craig was born in 1962 in Radcliffe, Lancashire. He emigrated to Australia at the age of five with his parents and stayed until he completed his higher school certificate and began his professional career. In 1984, he returned to live in Yorkshire.

Craig has significant experience of working in the private sector in retail management before he became an MP. He was the branch manager at Wilkinsons for six years and then became the retail general manager for PC World for an eleven year period until 2009.

Craig was also active in local politics for a significant period of time. Between 1998 and 2003 he was a member of Heptonstall Parish Council. He was then elected in 2003 to serve the Brighouse Ward on Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and then for Rastrick Ward from 2007 to 2011. He was the Lead Member for Children’s Services from 2007 to 2010.

He was voted into Parliament to represent the Calder Valley in May 2010 with a majority of 6,431. Craig was successfully re-elected at the 2015 General Election where he increased both his vote and his share of the vote compared with 2010. At the snap General Election in 2017, Craig once again achieved an increase in both his personal vote and his share of the vote and was elected to serve the Calder Valley for a third time. He achieved the largest vote of any politician in the constituency since 1992 and in securing 46.1% of all votes cast, equalled the record for the highest vote share of any candidate in the constituency’s history. Craig is a pro-active and hard working MP.

In Parliament, Craig takes a keen interest in those issues which affect his constituents in Calder Valley and he spends much of his time discussing local matters and specific individual cases on behalf of his constituents with Government Ministers. Craig also served as the Private Parliamentary Secretary (PPS) to James Brokenshire MP, Minister of State for Immigration in 2015-16. This role gave Craig an excellent insight into the immigration system and the work of the Government in reducing the levels of net migration. Between 2016-17, he served as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Craig was appointed as an Assistant Whip in Theresa May’s Government in June 2017. In the Prime Minister’s Ministerial reshuffle in January 2018, Craig was promoted to the position of HM Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in the Government Whips Office (Government Whip). This role gives Craig access to Government Ministers with whom he frequently discusses issues affecting Calder Valley.

His voting record is well above average for MPs and he attends and votes in the majority of Parliamentary debates. His areas of specialism include Education and Looked After Children and Young People. He was a member of the Education Select Committee from 2010-2015 during which time he actively participated in a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) relating to Looked After Children and Young People. Craig was the Chair of the APPG for Looked After Children between 2012- 2015 and continues to sit on the APPG for Street Children as well as co-chairing the APPG for Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Craig also founded and has chaired local Calderdale charity, TLC – Together for Looked After Children, since March 2010 and from 2016 became its President. TLC focuses on improving educational and vocational opportunities and outcomes for looked after children in Calderdale. Its aim is to ensure that looked after children get the same options and success as other children, such as progress into higher education.

In the Calder Valley, Craig is involved with dozens of local community groups and projects throughout the different areas of the constituency. Craig enjoys visiting local businesses, schools and voluntary organisations and seeing the fantastic work that these do and the positive benefits that they bring to the different areas of the valley.

Craig is an open and accountable MP. He holds a large number of surgeries for constituents to speak to him about any issues or government policies. With the help of a team of Parliamentary staff in his Brighouse office, Craig responds to individual cases about a range of issues including benefits problems, issues with the CSA, crime and immigration.

Away from politics, Craig enjoys getting involved in the local community and spending time with his family. He has three children, Lee, Sophie and Bethannie.

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