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Former Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East
- Entered Parliament on 9 April 1992 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 8,156 votes. — 184th out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Ken Purchase voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted very strongly for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted strongly against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted very strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly against replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 — Pupil and parent guarantees (8 Apr 2010) has video
“Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the 1988 Act was a seminal moment in the bureaucracy of education, and that in many ways things have gone downhill since, in terms of what teachers, head teachers and local authorities have had to do in producing league tables, SATs results and a raft of unnecessary changes to the working day in schools?”
- Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Written Questions: Government Responses (8 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to answer Question 324573, on Ofsted, tabled on 23 March 2010.”
- Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Ofsted: Operating Costs (7 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of Ofsted's operations in the last year for which figures are available; and what targets there are for Ofsted to reduce its expenditure in the next three years.”
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- Has spoken in 26 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 15 written questions in the last year — 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 76.09% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 2 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.
- 26 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 194 times in debates — 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||£11,091 (491st)||£14,713 (498th)||£13,610 (520th)||£14,946||£13,205 (520th)||£14,487 (481st)||£17,550 (445th)||£15,559 (281st)|
|Office running costs||£19,595 (240th)||£20,752 (196th)||£20,416 (joint 310th with 3 others)||£19,475||£19,325 (joint 11th with 77 others)||£18,691 (joint 352nd with 1 other)||£18,234 (joint 1st with 183 others)||£21,197 (130th)|
|Staffing costs||£86,528 (496th)||£90,446 (200th)||£84,552 (310th)||£79,434||£70,291 (joint 355th with 1 other)||£68,023 (joint 228th with 71 others)||£65,027 (309th)||£43,689 (419th)|
|Communications Allowance||£12,005 (95th)||£8,074 (327th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£6,715 (344th)1||£6,134 (391st)2||£5,505 (437th)||£7,240||£12,398 (254th)||£11,322 (278th)||£10,629 (297th)||£7,642 (337th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£845 (139th)||£1,475 (92nd)||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||£2,536 (436th)||£332 (568th)||£339 (595th)||£475||£455 (535th)||£689 (412th)||£653 (joint 493rd with 2 others)||£577 (512th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,030 (559th)||£955 (joint 589th with 1 other)||£1,667||£1,841 (431st)||£2,606 (318th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,294 (joint 196th with 1 other)||£1,125 (joint 205th with 11 others)||£0||£1,844 (joint 401st with 1 other)||£1,844 (joint 394th with 1 other)||£1,844 (joint 385th with 1 other)||£1,844 (joint 354th with 1 other)|
|Other Costs||£346 (89th)||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|Total||£139,661 (461st)||£144,250 (366th)||£126,502 (501st)||£123,237||£119,359 (412th)||£117,662 (357th)||£113,937 (302nd)||£90,508 (279th)|