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Former Labour MP for Derby North
- Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 3,757 votes. — 499th out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Bob Laxton voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a smoking ban. votes
- Has never voted on increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Petitions: Planning (Elvaston Castle Country Park) (23 Feb 2010) has video
“I would like to present to the House of Commons this petition of the Friends of Elvaston, residents of Derbyshire and others against the proposed planning application to lease Elvaston Castle country park in Derby to private developers, in support of a similar petition recently presented to me with 5,200 signatures. The petition states: The Petitioners therefore request that the House of...”
- Thameslink (2 Feb 2010)
“I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Patrick Hall) on securing this debate. I acknowledge-no, more than acknowledge-the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley (Laura Moffatt) about awarding the contract to Bombardier, which is a UK-based company. It is clear from the debate that some hon. Members in the Chamber have far more knowledge about the ins and outs...”
- Thameslink (2 Feb 2010)
“I agree entirely. That is why it is vital that a UK-based company should win the work. I am on record as being somewhat critical-that is perhaps an understatement-of some of the ordering processes at the Department for Transport. The most recent example involved the inter-city express contract being awarded to Agility Trains, a consortium that includes Hitachi of Japan. The contract was said...”
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- Has spoken in 4 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 very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 76.09% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 0 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well below 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.
- 49 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 41 times in debates — well below 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||£18,589 (340th)||£19,042 (417th)||£20,043 (385th)||£18,872||£20,902 (joint 1st with 187 others)||£17,104 (411th)||£19,352 (339th)||£14,016 (438th)|
|Office running costs||£15,159 (423rd)||£17,846 (353rd)||£17,532 (496th)||£20,000||£15,018 (490th)||£17,733 (487th)||£17,914 (386th)||£14,808 (356th)|
|Staffing costs||£84,764 (522nd)||£87,111 (343rd)||£86,190 (248th)||£77,512||£68,421 (434th)||£66,992 (378th)||£65,323 (274th)||£40,978 (492nd)|
|Communications Allowance||£592 (582nd)||£4,319 (489th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£4,949 (445th)1||£5,569 (429th)2||£6,409 (374th)||£5,948||£11,019 (305th)||£10,680 (300th)||£11,181 (joint 279th with 1 other)||£8,123 (314th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£58 (joint 365th with 4 others)||£162 (339th)||£0||£711||£172 (joint 382nd with 1 other)||£281 (336th)||£1,144 (142nd)||£503 (joint 244th with 1 other)|
|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||£341 (636th)||£778 (joint 325th with 2 others)||£553 (joint 506th with 1 other)||£450||£690 (joint 410th with 1 other)||£820 (joint 345th with 1 other)||£2,259 (54th)||£353 (605th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,878 (393rd)||£1,516 (joint 494th with 1 other)||£1,021||£1,425 (joint 504th with 2 others)||£1,938 (425th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,346 (joint 121st with 7 others)||£1,142 (joint 175th with 17 others)||£0||£2,010 (joint 52nd with 6 others)||£2,010 (joint 48th with 6 others)||£2,010 (joint 48th with 6 others)||£2,010 (joint 47th with 6 others)|
|Total||£124,452 (573rd)||£138,051 (432nd)||£133,385 (409th)||£124,514||£119,657 (407th)||£117,558 (361st)||£119,183 (187th)||£80,791 (473rd)|