David Davis

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David Davis

David Davis is a Conservative Party MP. He was the MP for Boothferry from 1987 to 97, and has been MP for Haltemprice and Howden since 1997.[1]

He was appointed to 'Brexit' Secretary by incoming Prime Minister Theresa May on 13 July 2016, a new brief created by May to help coordinate Britain's departure from the European Union. Davis has been a staunch proponent of Brexit and campaigned devotedly for 'Vote Leave' in the referendum of 2016. [2]

Davis, a veteran Conservative won his seventh successive election campaign when he was re-elected in the 2015 general election. He further increased his majority to 16,195 over closest rival Labour Party candidate Edward Hart, and gained 54% of the vote. [3]


In July 2005 Davis received £50,000.00 from Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc, a company run by Sir Henry Angest.[4]

Davis received donations of £5,000.00 and £2,000.00 in August 2007 and October 2009 from Australian businessman Sir Michael Hintze.[5]

Stance on fracking

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‬ Davis's constituency includes four oil and gas licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. Two shale licences were awarded to Cuadrilla and two to Europa. There are plans to conduct 2D seismic surveying, but no applications or plans for shale wells are currently underway. [6]

Voting record

Davis has a generally voted against increased regulations on fracking. [7]

  • 26 January 2015: voted against making fracking companies apply for an environmental permit before conducting exploratory drilling. He was absent for a vote on an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to include an 18 month moratorium on fracking.
  • 11 February 2015: absent for a vote on requiring more pre-conditions for where fracking can take place.
  • 16 December 2015: voted in favour of weakening regulations on fracking in protected areas and national parks.

Special advisers


  1. Rt Hon David Davis, www.parliament.uk, accessed 4 November 2012.
  2. 'Who's in who's out? May's new cabinet', 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  3. General Election:David Davis increases majority in Haltemprice and Howden Hull Daily Mail, 8 May 2015, accessed 12 May 2015
  4. Electoral Commission Search: Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc, accessed 1 July 2015.
  5. Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 2 March 2015
  6. Oil and gas: licensing rounds, GOV.uk, accessed 14 November 2016.
  7. TheyWorkForYou | David Davis, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 28 December 2016.