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Former Labour MP for Leeds West
- Entered Parliament on 11 June 1987 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 12,810 votes. — 58th out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How John Battle voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for more EU integration. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly against the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted moderately for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Business of the House: Clause 9 — Duration of Act (7 Apr 2010) has video
“Having served for the past 10 years on the Select Committee on International Development, it is a proud moment for me to say a few words in support of the Bill, which has all-party support. I know that we are at the end of the Parliament and there is a rush to get things through, and I listened carefully to the probing amendments tabled by the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh), but...”
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Credit (23 Mar 2010)
“To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what research has been undertaken by his Department on the level of interest rates charged in the (a) legal and (b) illegal home credit market; and what the highest rate of interest charged was in each such case.”
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Credit (22 Mar 2010)
“To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from (a) consumer bodies and (b) other organisations (i) in support of and (ii) against the introduction of a cap on charges in the home credit market; and if he will make a statement.”
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- Has spoken in 18 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 215 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 76.01% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 1 annotation on this MP’s speeches — well below average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 47 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 592 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 12 Apr 2010. More about the Register
Figures in brackets are ranks.Data from parliament.uk (source). Read 2004/05 – 2008/09 and 1st quarter 2009/10 receipts.
|Type||2008/09 (ranking out of 647)||2007/08 (ranking out of 645)||2006/07 (ranking out of 645)||2005/06||2004/05 (ranking out of 659)||2003/04 (ranking out of 658)||2002/03 (ranking out of 657)||2001/02 (ranking out of 657)|
|Staying away from main home||£9,995 (510th)||£18,819 (421st)||£16,342 (481st)||£16,541||£16,083 (459th)||£12,594 (529th)||£16,012 (496th)||£16,055 (168th)|
|London costs||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£13 (joint 130th with 7 others)|
|Office running costs||£17,245 (341st)||£20,622 (207th)||£20,440 (joint 292nd with 4 others)||£19,697||£19,201 (190th)||£18,792 (joint 232nd with 5 others)||£18,234 (joint 1st with 183 others)||£12,032 (463rd)|
|Staffing costs||£105,152 (53rd)||£90,505 (joint 183rd with 5 others)||£87,252 (174th)||£81,323||£70,282 (357th)||£68,023 (joint 228th with 71 others)||£65,530 (251st)||£46,065 (316th)|
|Communications Allowance||£9,124 (300th)||£7,363 (364th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£9,884 (203rd)1||£10,895 (191st)2||£10,753 (184th)||£9,091||£12,270 (261st)||£11,412 (271st)||£12,463 (224th)||£9,149 (266th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£1,140 (66th)||£3,225 (8th)||£3,180 (7th)||£1,620||£2,266 (55th)||£660 (221st)||£2,306 (34th)||£598 (216th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£1,003 (119th)||£610 (191st)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£3,100 (360th)||£905 (260th)||£1,063 (joint 258th with 1 other)||£1,133||£1,468 (178th)||£667 (420th)||£2,266 (52nd)||£908 (369th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£2,071 (361st)||£2,272 (370th)||£3,376||£3,548 (215th)||£1,977 (416th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,199 (joint 326th with 5 others)||£996 (joint 425th with 1 other)||£0||£1,929 (joint 252nd with 3 others)||£1,929 (joint 247th with 3 others)||£1,929 (joint 241st with 3 others)||£1,929 (joint 229th with 2 others)|
|Other Costs||£6,988 (28th)||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|Total||£163,632 (146th)||£156,214 (166th)||£142,298 (234th)||£132,781||£127,047 (253rd)||£116,054 (391st)||£118,740 (198th)||£86,749 (368th)|