Joan Ruddock

MP, Lewisham, Deptford

Lewisham, Deptford Labour

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How Joan Ruddock voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Source
  • Voted moderately for university tuition fees Source
  • Voted moderately against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Source
  • Voted very strongly for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Source
  • Voted strongly against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Source
  • Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Source
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Joan Ruddock hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal 20 Jan 2015

    Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the one scenario in which there could be an instant attack, without the build-up and norms of international discussions or whatever, would be a terrorist nuclear attack, not state sponsored but by something like ISIS? In those circumstances, does he agree that our nuclear weapons system is completely useless and does not deter?
  • Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal 20 Jan 2015

    May I apologise at the outset, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the fact that I have a long-standing constituency engagement and I will not be here for the wind-ups? However, I am confident that both Front Benchers will say only good things about me. There is a well-known saying in the peace movement that a unilateralist is a multilateralist who means it, and I am one of those. Whatever I have to...
  • Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal 20 Jan 2015

    The hon. Gentleman is citing countries that are of course the minority—the nuclear-armed states. They all have the same attitude as him: they all have cold war thinking. Many of them have reduced their nuclear arsenals, but they remain more dangerous today.

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Labour MP for Lewisham, Deptford

Entered House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election


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Topics of interest

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • International Development
  • Home Department
  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • GM Crops
  • Departments: Equal Opportunities
  • Recycling

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change) (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (13 Oct 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change (10 Jun 2009 to 13 Oct 2009)
  • Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change) (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Energy and Climate Change (6 Oct 2008 to 10 Jun 2009)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Energy and Climate Change) (5 Oct 2008 to 9 Jun 2009)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste) (2 Jul 2007 to 5 Oct 2008)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Jun 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
  • Member, International Development Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 7 Nov 2007)
  • Member, International Development Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 6 Nov 2007)
  • Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (27 Oct 2003 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons (16 Jul 2001 to 13 Jul 2005)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) (Women) (11 Jun 1997 to 28 Jul 1998)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Women), Department of Social Security (11 Jun 1997 to 28 Jul 1998)
  • Member, Televising of Proceedings of the House (17 Jun 1987 to 16 Nov 1989)

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  • Has spoken in 5 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 10 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 72.43% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 8 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 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") 716 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

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Last updated: 9 Feb 2015.


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