Draft Online Safety Bill Contents

List of members and declarations of interest


Lord Black of Brentwood

Debbie Abrahams MP

Lord Clement-Jones

Damian Collins MP

Lord Gilbert of Panteg

Darren Jones MP

Baroness Kidron

John Nicolson MP

Lord Knight of Weymouth

Dean Russell MP

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara

Suzanne Webb MP

Declarations of interests (Lords)

Lord Black of Brentwood


Deputy Chairman (formerly Executive Director), Telegraph Media Group Limited

Non-financial interests

Director, Advertising Standards Board of Finance Ltd

President, Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM)

Vice President, News Media Europe (http://www.newsmediaeurope.eu/)

Board Director, Regulatory Funding Company (the principal task of the company is to fund the work of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (ISPO); it also has certain responsibilities in relation to the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee)

Special Adviser, Albany Associates International Limited (strategic communications solutions in fragile, conflict and post-conflict states)

Chairman (formerly Member of Council), Royal College of Music

Governor of Brentwood School, Essex

Trustee, Imperial War Museum Foundation

Board Member, WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers protecting the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media)

Chairman, Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust

Vice President, The Debating Group

President, London Press Club

President Emeritus (formerly Vice President), Printing Charity

Vice President, The Journalists’ Charity

Trustee, Bloomsbury Network (charity supporting people living with HIV in London)

Master of the Guild of St Bride’s, Fleet Street

Lord Clement-Jones


Non-executive Chair, Ombudsman Services Limited (independent dispute resolution services for consumers in energy, telecoms and other industries)

Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Consultant (formerly London Managing Partner), DLA Piper UK LLP (International law firm)

Consultant, Big Innovation Centre, India (consultancy)

Member of KCS Europe Group Advisory Board

Non-financial interests

Advisory Board Member, Corporate Finance Faculty, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Advisory Council Member, Airmic

Consultant, Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI)

Member, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Parliamentary Group on AI

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center

Chair of Council, Queen Mary University of London

Governor, Haileybury College (interest ceased 17 April 2021)

Advisory Board Chair, Institute for Ethical AI in Education (interest ceased 17 April 2021)

Ambassador, Barts Charity

City Ambassador, The Law Society (interest ceased 17 April 2021)

Council Member, Heart of the City

President, Ambitious About Autism (national UK charity for children with autism)

Trustee, Space for Giants

Additional interests declared at the first meeting of the Committee (27 July 2021)

Non-financial interests as Co-Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Artificial Intelligence and Vice Chair of the APPG on Digital Democracy.

Lord Gilbert of Panteg

Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Consultant, Finsbury (strategic communications) (interest ceased 19 April 2021)

Electoral Commissioner

Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Honorary membership of Carlton Club, given by Carlton Club (London) Limited, St James’s Street, London SW1

Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Executive Committee and Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU)

Additional interests declared at the first meeting of the Committee (27 July 2021)

Non-financial interests as a member of the All-party Parliamentary Groups on Publishing and on LGBT+ Rights and a financial interest as an Electoral Commissioner, as set out above.

Baroness Kidron


Director, Bodyline Films Ltd

Director, Cross Street Films (Trading) Ltd

Director, Soho Angel Films Limited

Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Director and producer for independent film, theatre and television companies, including many major broadcasters and Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD)

Occasional fees from writing articles, making speeches and as a consultant adviser

Person with significant control of a company

Cross Street Films (Trading) Ltd

Soho Angel Films Ltd

The Imagine Workshop Ltd


Bodyline Films Limited

Cross Street Films (Trading) Ltd

Soho Angel Films Limited

The Imagine Workshop Ltd

Land and property

Office accommodations in London


Secretarial and other assistance in connection with the member’s parliamentary duties may be undertaken by employees of and in the offices of Cross Street Films (Trading) Ltd

Non-financial interests

Member, Advisory Council, Institute for Ethics in AI, University of Oxford

Member, Executive Steering Group, Digital Makers Programme, Born in Bradford

Commissioner, UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

Visiting Professor in Practice, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics

Chair, 5Rights Foundation (charity working on digital rights for children)

Member, Council on Extended Intelligence

Member, UNICEF Artificial Intelligence and Child Rights policy guidance group (interest ceased 31 October 2020)

Trustee, Kidron Hall Charitable Trust

Founding Executive Board Member, Data Protection Foundation

Lord Knight of Weymouth


Director, Suklaa Ltd (educational consultancy)

President, xRapid France SAS (developer of mobile diagnostic technology)

Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Adviser, London School of Commerce (interest ceased 31 May 2021)

Chief Education and External Officer (formerly Chief Education Adviser), TES Global Ltd (interest ceased 31 August 2020)

Person with significant control of a company

Suklaa Ltd

Whole Education Limited (interest ceased 30 June 2021)

xRapid France SAS


Suklaa Ltd (educational consultancy)

TES Global Ltd (interest ceased 31 August 2020)

xRapid France SAS (developer of mobile diagnostic technology)

Non-financial interests

Director, Climate Subak CIC (community interest company)

Director, Whole Education Limited (private company limited by guarantee without share capital) and Trustee of associated charity

Visiting Professor, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London

Trustee and Director, E-ACT (multi-academy trust)

Trustee, Centre for Accelerating Social Technology (registered charity)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara

Non-financial interests

Company Secretary, Aughadown Consulting Limited (private limited company owned by member’s wife offering legal consulting services; post is unremunerated)

Director, Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education (a Delaware corporation, formerly Catalyst Trust for Universal Education, a UK limited company)

Trustee, The Brown Archive Trust (registered Scottish charity)

Declarations of interest (Commons)

Debbie Abrahams MP


Along with the Good Law Project and two other MPs, since 6 October 2020 I have been party to judicial review proceedings crowdfunded through the Good Law Project, 3 East Point High Street, Seal, Sevenoaks, TN15 0EG. Total costs incurred on this action: £98,914.42. £85,000 was paid by the government, leaving the remainder (£13,914.42) payable by GLP direct to Counsel. (Registered 27 October 2020; updated 26 January 2021 and 28 April 2021)

Damian Collins MP

Employment and earnings

From 1 March 2020 until further notice, Member of the Advisory Board of the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society, 1st Floor, Barnard’s Inn, 86 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1EN. I receive remuneration of £1,500 a quarter in return for a time commitment of 12 hrs per year (4 meetings with a commitment of 3 hrs each). (Registered 05 March 2020)

25 September 2020, received £550 from Mace Media Ltd, Unit 3 & 4 Croxted Mews, 286/288 Croxted Road, London SE24 9DA, for two articles for The Mace magazine. Hours: approx. 3 hrs. (Registered 20 October 2020)

Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year: Flat in London: (i) and (ii).


From 31 March 2020 until further notice, unpaid partner of Infotagion LLP, an independent fact checking service. This involves a commitment of 10 hrs per month. (Registered 28 April 2020)

From 20 July 2020 until further notice, unpaid board member of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a not for profit NGO headquartered in London that seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation. This involves a commitment of 2 hrs per month. (Registered 22 July 2020)

Additional Interests Declared at the first meeting of the Committee (27 July 2021)

Non-pecuniary interests as a member of the “Real Facebook Oversight Board” and Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Media Literacy and Media Freedom.

Darren Jones MP

Employment and earnings

From 3 October 2017 until 30 October 2020, contracted to provide legal consultancy, via the office of Darren Jones Ltd, to Kemp Little LLP, 138 Cheapside, London EC2V 6BJ. (Registered 19 October 2017; updated 04 November 2020)

22 October 2020, received £1,200 for work undertaken between 3 June and 14 August 2019. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 02 November 2020)

30 October 2020, received £262.50 for work undertaken on 28 September 2020. Hours: 1 hr 45 mins. (Registered 02 November 2020)

2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)

Name of donor: The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

Address of donor: The Garden House, Water End, York YO36 6WQ

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £19,000 to be paid in quarterly instalments to Office of Darren Jones Limited. The bulk of this money will be donated to the Labour Party to employ a part time member of staff for Labour Digital, an unincorporated organisation which I run. This support will also meet personal and project expenses incurred by Labour Digital, by me as director, and by its staff and volunteers.

Date received: 5 August 2019

Date accepted: 5 August 2019

Donor status: company, registration 357963

(Registered 12 August 2019)

Name of donor: Plexal (City) Limited

Address of donor: 6th Floor Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6ER

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: A complimentary pass to use a co-working space, valued at £3,168

Date received: 27 October 2020 to 27 October 2021

Date accepted: 27 October 2020

Donor status: company, registration 0012478

(Registered 29 October 2020)

Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital

Office of Darren Jones Ltd; legal consultancy. (Registered 05 July 2017)


Director, currently unpaid, of the Office of Darren Jones Ltd. (Registered 19 October 2017)

I am the director of the Henacre Charitable Fund (the “Henacre Trust”) launched on 8 March 2019. This is a named trust owned and operated by the Quartet Community Foundation on my behalf. The Henacre Trust will make charitable grants to young people from Bristol North West. (Registered 11 March 2019)

From 1 May 2019, Chairman, currently unpaid, of the advisory board of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (a not for profit organisation working with legislators from across the world on the topic of regulation of artificial intelligence). The Institute of Artificial Intelligence is the “trading name” of the Office for the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Limited. (Registered 05 June 2019)

Additional declarations made at the first meeting of the Committee (27 July 2021)

Non-pecuniary interests as Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Technology and National Security and Data Poverty, Co-chair of the APPG, the Parliamentary Information, Communications and Technology Forum, vice-chair of the APPG on Artificial Intelligence, Parliamentary Champion of the OECD Artificial Intelligence Observatory, Chair of Labour Digital, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s DCMS Backbench Committee, a member of the World Economic Forum, Global AI Action Forum and Chairman of the advisory board of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence as set out above.

John Nicolson MP

Employment and earnings

Payments from News UK, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF, for hosting a radio show:

15 July 2020, received £4,800. Hours: 24 hrs. (Registered 16 July 2020)

14 August 2020, received £2,400. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 17 August 2020)

11 September 2020, received £3,000. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 16 September 2020)

20 November 2020, received £4,800. Hours: 24 hrs. (Registered 23 November 2020)

22 January 2021, received £2,400. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 22 January 2021)

12 February 2021, received £3,000. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 12 March 2021)

15 April 2021, received £4,800. Hours: 24 hrs. (Registered 26 May 2021)

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year:

House in London: (i) and (ii). (Registered 09 January 2020)

Dean Russell MP

Employment and earnings

Payments received from EPIFNY Consulting Ltd, a business education provider, of 6 High Street, Wheathamstead AL4 8AA, for consultancy on marketing and training content and for ad-hoc client support: 22 February 2021, received £200 for services provided to the Data and

Marketing Association Ltd, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1A 8SS. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 24 February 2021)

Payment of £600 expected from Hult Ashridge Executive Education, Ashridge House, Berkhamsted HP4 1NS, for services provided on 12 March2021. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 08 April 2021)

Payment of £100 expected from the Data and Marketing Association Ltd, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1A 8SS, for services provided on 14 March 2021. Hours: 2 hrs (Registered 08 April 2021)

Payment of £200 expected from the Data and Marketing Association Ltd, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1A 8SS, for services provided on 18 May 2021. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 03 June 2021)

7 May 2021, received £750 from Gareth Bacon, [private address], for a painting which he commissioned. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 03 June 2021)

Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital

Win That Pitch Ltd; training consultancy (dormant). (Registered 10 January 2020)

Pretty Square Picture Company Ltd; greeting cards retailer (dormant). (Registered 10 January 2020)


On 25 September 2020, Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd made a donation of £30,000 in support of the Watford Mental Health First-Aider project, in which I am a partner. (Registered 13 October 2020)

Additional interests declared at the Committee’s first meeting (27 July 2021)

Non-pecuniary interests as the Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Digital ID, Digital Health, and Film and Production; Co-Chair of the APPG on Mental Health; Vice Chair of the Loneliness APPG; member of the Film and Broader Screen APPG, and Small Business Ambassador for the Conversative Party.

Suzanne Webb

Employment and earnings

Councillor, Birmingham City Council, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB.

Until further notice, I receive a monthly payment of £1,435.58. Hours: 56 hrs per month. (Registered 08 January 2020)

Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital

Newhall Consultancy Ltd; management consultancy. (Registered 08 January 2020))

Full lists of Members’ interests are recorded in the Commons Register of Members’ Financial Interests: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/commons and the Register of Lords’ Interests: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-financial-interests/register-of-lords-interests/

Declarations of interest are also recorded in the formal minutes of the Committee.

Special advisers’ interests

Jacquie Hughes

I’m a media, communications and tech sector policy regulator, currently focused on online, emerging technology, AI and XR. I was the Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, where I drew a new operating licence and performance framework for the BBC, and before that I was a Current Affairs journalist and documentary film-maker and Commissioning Editor. My interests in the broadcast policy and regulation space led me to academia, and the exploration of public value and the public interest, media convergence, regulation and standards, children’s rights in the online world and ultimately AI. I’m a Board member and Fellow of ‘For Humanity’ a 300+ strong global community of academics, lawyers, researchers, data scientists, policymakers and auditors, committed to examining ways to mitigate the downside risk of the use of AI and automation, and a member of ‘MKAI’ and ‘All Tech is Human’—also global voluntary communities focused on understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on society and individuals. My recent consultancy work has revolved around Intelligence Support for the Department of Health and Social Care. 

Dr Charles Kriel

Founder and principal shareholder in Metrotone Media, a film and television production company making documentaries, primarily on disinformation and radicalisation. We have a film scheduled for release during the time of the Committee, titled Dis/Informed. We are also a music publisher, and do business as Kriel.Agency, primarily in capacity building in developing democracies and fragile states. Our film and television distributor is Abacus Media Rights.

Co-Founder and significant shareholder in Lightful, a digital marketing agency serving the non-profit sector

Collaborator with the Programme on Democracy and Technology, Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford

Associate Fellow at the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, King’s College, London

Founder and Principal shareholder in People You May Know Ltd., a special-purpose vehicle limited company, formed for the production of our last film, People You May Know. We are in the process of wrapping up this company.

Dr Bertram Vidgen:

Research Fellow in Online Harms at The Alan Turing Institute, where I lead the Online Safety team (funded by the EPSRC) and the Online Harms Observatory (part-funded by DCMS). Our team has received funding from Ofcom to conduct research into online harms. In addition, I am a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where I completed my PhD. I am co-owner of the hate speech detection machine learning task on Dynabench, which was funded by Facebook AI Research, and a co-organiser of the Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (other co-organisers include researchers at Google and Facebook). I was previously a visiting fellow at the Open University. I am co-founder and CEO of Rewire Online Limited, a startup building socially responsible AI for online safety. I have collaborations with industry researchers at Facebook AI Research and Google, who have funded the creation of publicly available datasets for computer science research. I have also worked on the Online Safety Data Initiative, a DCMS-funded project to improve the availability of data for innovation in online safety. My advisory work is paid via my consulting company, Vidgen Consulting Limited.

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