David Heath

MP, Somerton and Frome

Somerton and Frome Liberal Democrat

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How David Heath voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately for more EU integrationDetails
  • Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disabilityDetails
  • Voted strongly for encouraging occupational pensionsDetails
  • Voted strongly for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituencyDetails
  • Voted moderately for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during electionsDetails
  • Voted very strongly for reducing central government funding of local governmentDetails

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David Heath hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals) 22 Jul 2014

    On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The former Leader of the House assured me and others, I believe on more than one occasion, that we would have statement before the House rose for the summer recess on the aftermath of the flooding earlier this year. That is not forthcoming, and with a new Secretary of State I understand perfectly well why that may be the case, but would it be...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions 22 Jul 2014

    The Minister said earlier that Israel has the right to defend itself against missile attack, and I entirely agree, but he went on to say that the response must be proportionate. Is it not transparently obvious that the response is not proportionate, but grossly disproportionate and outwith international law? On that basis, will he not look again at the preferential trade arrangements that...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza 21 Jul 2014

    If the gangsters in the Kremlin and their sock puppets in the Russian media do not understand the enormity of bringing down a civil aeroplane on an international route, should we not at least consider whether Russian commercial carriers are any more welcome in sovereign airspace in the civilised world?

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Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome

Entered House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election


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Topics of interest

  • Justice
  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Defence
  • Health
  • Departments: Advertising
  • Prisons
  • Tetra
  • Post-Mortems: Children
  • Immigration

Other offices held in the past

  • The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (17 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Shadow Leader of the House (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Justice Committee (18 Apr 2008 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice (4 Jul 2007 to 6 Mar 2008)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Cabinet Office (10 Jan 2007 to 4 Jul 2007)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons & Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, Cabinet Office (21 Mar 2006 to 10 Jan 2007)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Also Shadow Leader of the House of Commons), Constitutional Affairs (19 Oct 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (Also Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs) (19 Oct 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
  • Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 4 May 2006)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & Shadow Leader of the House, Law Officers (Constitutional Affairs) (1 Jun 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (1 Jun 2005 to 19 Oct 2005)
  • Member, Standards and Privileges Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Science, Non-Departmental & Cross-Departmental Responsibilities (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Constitutional Affairs), Law Officers (Constitutional Affairs) (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Home Affairs), Home Affairs (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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  • Has spoken in 75 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 4 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 83.99% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 32 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.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1795 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

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Last updated: 2 Jun 2014.


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