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Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge
- Also represented Lewisham West
- Entered Parliament on 9 April 1992 — General election
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- Topics of interest
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Jim Dowd voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted strongly against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Health, Home Department, Transport, Business, Innovation and Skills, Culture Media and Sport
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Copyright, Cancer: Health Services, Copyright: Education, Theft: Mobile Phones, Animal Welfare
(based on written questions asked by Jim Dowd and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- European Union (Referendum) Bill Committee (4 out of 6)
- Immigration Bill Committee (6 out of 10)
- Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill Committee (2 out of 3)
- Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Civil Contingencies Bill Committee (4 out of 8)
- Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill Committee (17 out of 23)
- Public Bill Committee: Immigration Bill: Clause 43 - Decision whether to investigate (12 Nov 2013)
“In the light of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, could it be that the term “marriage” as used in law from here onwards refers to marriages of all kinds? Just as they are sanctioned by law, marriage means marriage, whether it is same-sex or the more traditional version.”
- Public Bill Committee: Immigration Bill: Clause 33 - Immigration health charge (7 Nov 2013)
“Before the Minister leaves the subject, perhaps he will provide some clarity. He mentioned the cost of private insurance, but it tends to exclude, almost totally, pre-existing conditions. Will those who have to pay under the Bill suffer similarly?”
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Changes to Health Services in London (30 Oct 2013)
“Why does the Secretary of State find it so difficult to realise that he is not above the law? Both the Court of Appeal and the High Court have made it plain that his flagrant disregard for the law in trying to destroy Lewisham hospital cannot stand. Why does he not have the decency to abandon his proposals; apologise to the people of Lewisham and the staff and users of Lewisham hospital; and...”
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- Has spoken in 12 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 6 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 69.19% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 1 annotation on this MP’s speeches — below average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 152 times in debates — below 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||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|London costs||£2,916 (joint 1st with 49 others)||£2,812 (joint 1st with 47 others)||£2,712 (joint 1st with 46 others)||£2,613||£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||£21,226 (161st)||£22,723 (99th)||£21,683 (199th)||£20,912||£19,325 (joint 11th with 77 others)||£18,797 (joint 205th with 7 others)||£18,206 (joint 263rd with 2 others)||£18,360 (224th)|
|Staffing costs||£101,172 (120th)||£88,998 (274th)||£85,599 (272nd)||£83,169||£77,534 (joint 77th with 6 others)||£74,985 (joint 8th with 27 others)||£72,310 (joint 1st with 23 others)||£48,023 (243rd)|
|Communications Allowance||£8,518 (338th)||£9,701 (203rd)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£2,843 (550th)1||£2,782 (556th)2||£1,702 (597th)||£1,639||£2,431 (603rd)||£2,485 (603rd)||£2,542 (603rd)||£1,773 (605th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£0||£0||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||£2,783 (joint 406th with 1 other)||£611 (426th)||£1,189 (227th)||£476||£555 (joint 474th with 2 others)||£616 (452nd)||£573 (539th)||£705 (joint 451st with 1 other)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£2,277 (329th)||£4,886 (139th)||£1,630||£1,372 (joint 512th with 1 other)||£1,234 (522nd)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,261 (joint 240th with 6 others)||£1,058 (joint 320th with 22 others)||£0||£1,979 (joint 105th with 8 others)||£1,979 (joint 98th with 8 others)||£1,979 (joint 97th with 8 others)||£1,979 (joint 94th with 8 others)|
|Total||£139,458 (464th)||£131,165 (joint 524th with 1 other)||£118,829 (562nd)||£110,439||£104,814 (588th)||£101,670 (588th)||£97,137 (568th)||£72,067 (576th)|