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Labour MP for Edinburgh South West
- Also represented Edinburgh Central
- Entered Parliament on 11 June 1987 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Alistair Darling voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately for replacing Trident. votes
- Has never voted on the hunting ban. votes
- Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
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- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Treasury, Work and Pensions, Transport, Defence, Business, Innovation and Skills
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Higher Education: Scotland, Military Bases, Universal Credit, East Coast Railway Line, Identity and Passport Service: Correspondence
(based on written questions asked by Alistair Darling and answered by departments)
- Business of the House: Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2013)
“I notice that the Chancellor’s growth forecasts follow a very familiar pattern of being fairly flat and then rising to, I think, 3.7% in four years’ time. That, of course, drives his assumptions in relation to borrowing and debt. Does he agree that risks remain not just in the eurozone, but here at home? In connection with that, could he tell me what the Office for Budget...”
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: National Infrastructure Plan (4 Dec 2013)
“I am sure that I was not the only Member of the House who had a sense of déjà vu when listening to what the Chief Secretary had to say. Indeed, I seem to remember announcing a number of those projects myself 10 years ago. Perhaps that demonstrates the problem we face, because successive Governments have found it very difficult to deliver on those large-scale projects, whether for...”
- Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Scotland (29 Oct 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the punctuality targets are for trains between (a) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and (b) Glasgow Central and London Euston; and what proportion of those targets are currently being met; (2) what plans he has to (a) amend the current punctuality targets for trains between (i) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and...”
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- Has spoken in 8 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 19 written questions in the last year — 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 46.59% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 68 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 80 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Alistair Darling’s activity.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 2476 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 25 Nov 2013. 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||£10,626 (497th)||£9,837 (554th)||£20,675 (364th)||£19,436||£15,341 (481st)||£15,406 (459th)||£14,792 (525th)||£15,756 (229th)|
|London costs||£0||£0||£0||£0||£1,618 (joint 1st with 118 others)||£1,574 (joint 1st with 101 others)||£1,527 (joint 1st with 101 others)||£1,227 (joint 1st with 81 others)|
|Office running costs||£12,848 (510th)||£19,085 (291st)||£19,137 (425th)||£20,919||£17,591 (378th)||£16,151 (551st)||£16,113 (joint 513th with 1 other)||£10,259 (518th)|
|Staffing costs||£97,284 (263rd)||£90,933 (158th)||£81,725 (409th)||£83,991||£65,468 (532nd)||£62,983 (540th)||£52,399 (610th)||£27,874 (636th)|
|Communications Allowance||£9,960 (joint 243rd with 1 other)||£7,579 (354th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£8,504 (267th)1||£11,367 (164th)2||£12,045 (133rd)||£12,360||£13,253 (208th)||£13,633 (188th)||£14,575 (156th)||£11,375 (159th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£327 (223rd)||£591 (178th)||£362 (256th)||£39||£0||£257 (344th)||£0||£0|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£5,781 (4th)||£5,283 (4th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£1,232 (13th)||£4,391 (2nd)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£1,882 (530th)||£423 (joint 534th with 1 other)||£251 (621st)||£595||£992 (297th)||£399 (562nd)||£580 (535th)||£87 (644th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,394 (491st)||£1,745 (454th)||£1,032||£1,964 (410th)||£914 (576th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,021 (562nd)||£914 (550th)||£733||£1,412 (598th)||£1,412 (587th)||£1,412 (571st)||£1,018 (558th)|
|Total||£148,444 (345th)||£151,904 (240th)||£136,854 (341st)||£139,105||£117,639 (446th)||£112,729 (471st)||£101,398 (527th)||£67,596 (614th)|