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Conservative MP for Meriden
- Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Caroline Spelman voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted moderately against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted strongly against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately against more EU integration. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted strongly against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Communities and Local Government, Deputy Prime Minister, International Development, Treasury, Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Valuation Office Agency, Council Tax, Local Government Finance, Council Tax: Valuation, Iraq
(based on written questions asked by Caroline Spelman and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill Committee (7 out of 7)
- International Development Bill Committee (4 out of 4)
- Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill Committee (7 out of 7)
- Backbench Business — Modern-day Slavery (5 Dec 2013)
“The hon. Lady is speaking with a good, deep understanding of the problem. Along with Hillingdon and her constituency, Solihull has also been a dispersal area for asylum-seeking children. Her point about it being very hard for certain local authorities with many trafficked children to have the necessary expertise at local government level to reach into foreign, and sometimes very chaotic,...”
- Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Aid Dependency (4 Dec 2013)
“The Secretary of State has done a very good job in putting sustainable development at the heart of her approach to economic development. What steps is the Department taking to promote clean energy in developing countries?”
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- Has spoken in 14 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 high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 65.62% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 9 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") 548 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 25 Nov 2013. 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||£7,524 (547th)||£10,760 (549th)||£10,382 (560th)||£9,303||£13,093 (524th)||£7,739 (593rd)||£10,906 (581st)||£12,289 (508th)|
|Office running costs||£15,782 (404th)||£12,642 (523rd)||£20,771 (254th)||£19,537||£18,607 (300th)||£18,659 (365th)||£15,535 (536th)||£13,936 (382nd)|
|Staffing costs||£48,958 (639th)||£55,488 (637th)||£86,628 (217th)||£82,527||£39,117 (655th)||£70,494 (171st)||£54,621 (591st)||£49,913 (185th)|
|Communications Allowance||£9,049 (307th)||£7,057 (375th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£10,230 (193rd)1||£11,048 (184th)2||£8,935 (275th)||£7,672||£12,373 (256th)||£13,950 (179th)||£10,862 (290th)||£8,525 (295th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£244 (262nd)||£409 (235th)||£808 (155th)||£159||£797 (219th)||£80 (439th)||£320 (joint 325th with 1 other)||£300 (joint 314th with 1 other)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£3,185 (17th)||£3,075 (27th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£2,431 (5th)||£3,885 (3rd)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£3,073 (365th)||£227 (joint 614th with 2 others)||£651 (444th)||£746||£1,114 (254th)||£260 (joint 609th with 1 other)||£730 (456th)||£550 (528th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£595 (joint 604th with 1 other)||£3,531 (229th)||£2,672||£4,021 (190th)||£1,097 (joint 549th with 1 other)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,749 (8th)||£1,149 (joint 172nd with 2 others)||£0||£2,236 (3rd)||£1,855 (joint 382nd with 1 other)||£1,855 (joint 373rd with 1 other)||£1,855 (345th)|
|Other Costs||£1,311 (78th)||£13,897 (5th)||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|Total||£101,786 (625th)||£120,832 (598th)||£132,855 (418th)||£122,616||£91,358 (641st)||£114,134 (440th)||£94,829 (589th)||£87,368 (356th)|