David Heath

Somerton and Frome Liberal Democrat

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How David Heath voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately against university tuition feesDetails
  • Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of LordsDetails
  • Voted moderately against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EUDetails
  • Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensionsDetails
  • 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

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David Heath hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Business of the House 10 Apr 2014

    Will the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport make a statement to the House on the provision of high-speed broadband in very rural areas? I fear that the success of the roll-out in Somerset and Devon will be undone by the failure to reach the last 10% of properties. That is partly because of the requirement for match funding, which is difficult to meet for sparsely populated...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Exports (SMEs) 10 Apr 2014

    It is absolutely essential that we encourage more small and medium-sized businesses to export, but does the Minister agree that the term “SMEs” is often unhelpful? There is a huge difference between the needs of medium-sized and small businesses, and between the range of small businesses, from the largest to single proprietor? Will he recognise those differences and tailor accordingly?
  • Business of the House: Bovine TB 3 Apr 2014

    The Secretary of State is absolutely right to emphasise the comprehensive eradication strategy, of which the removal of infection in the wildlife in a highly infected area is but a part, albeit a vital one. Will he continue to consider alternatives to free shooting, which has been shown to be vulnerable to disruption? Will he also extend the competition to find a successful diagnostic tool to...

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Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome


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Topics of interest

  • Justice
  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • Defence
  • 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)

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  • Has spoken in 70 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 1 written question 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 85.06% 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") 1788 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

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Last updated: 7 Apr 2014.


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