Jack Straw

Blackburn Labour

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How Jack Straw voted since 2001
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  • Voted very strongly against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per yearDetails
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPsDetails
  • Voted moderately against a reduction in spending on welfare benefitsDetails
  • Voted strongly 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 a wholly elected House of LordsDetails

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Jack Straw occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Treasury: National Insurance Contributions 10 Apr 2014

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many copies of the Prime Minister's recent letter concerning new tax cuts for businesses and charities were printed; what the total cost was of printing, distribution and postage in respect of these letters; and from which Vote this expenditure will be taken; (2) whether, on previous occasions, the Chancellor of the day has written to...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine 8 Apr 2014

    Although I fully support the Foreign Secretary’s strategy, does he accept that the more the Ukrainian Government can reach out to the Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine, the less of an excuse President Putin will have for taking provocative action there?
  • US Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (British Foreign & Commercial Policy) 26 Mar 2014

    I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. First, I would like to make it clear that the principle of sanctions is not an issue; my concern is about their application. Does the Minister accept that, whichever way we look at the data, one cannot but come to the conclusion that United States practice and the way they pressure British banks is operating more harshly on our banks than on US...

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Labour MP for Blackburn

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Topics of interest

  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Home Department
  • International Development
  • Justice
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Departmental Public Expenditure
  • Electoral Register
  • Constituencies: Boundary Commissions
  • Departmental Pay
  • Human Rights

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (12 May 2010 to 25 Sep 2010)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (3 Dec 2008 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee (4 Jun 2008 to 3 Dec 2008)
  • Member, Members Estimate Committee (4 Jun 2008 to 29 Sep 2008)
  • Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice (28 Jun 2007 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Members Estimates Committee (20 Mar 2007 to 4 Jun 2008)
  • Chairman, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (26 Jul 2006 to 27 Jul 2007)
  • Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (16 May 2006 to 26 Jul 2006)
  • Lord Privy Seal, House of Commons (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Foreign Secretary (8 Jun 2001 to 8 May 2006)
  • Home Secretary (2 May 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)

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  • Has spoken in 43 debates in the last year — 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 low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 55.66% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 143 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 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") 4328 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 7 Apr 2014.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from News International Supply Co Ltd. Address: Cygnet Park, 200 Serpentine Way, Peterborough PE7 8FD:
2 April 2013, received £360 for article in The Times on 20 March 2013. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 5 April 2013)
24 June 2013, received £500 for article in The Times on 10 June 2013. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 25 June 2013).
13 January 2014, received £500 from News UK & Ireland Ltd (formerly News International Supply Co Ltd) for article in The Times on 27 December 2013. Hours: approx 6 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)
11 October 2012, received payment of £75 from The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU for blog article on 25 September 2012. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 16 October 2012)
Payments from Specialist Speakers, 18 Waxwell Lane, Harrow, London, HA5 3EN, UK
30 April 2013, received £3,000 for speaking on 5 December 2012 to the Performance and Reward Centre (PARC) at the Ivy Restaurant, Ivy St, London WC1. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 1 May 2013)
5 July 2013, received £3,000 for speech to  to Annual Conference of the Information and Records Management Society (of Chester House, 68 Chestergate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6DY) held at the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, on 20 May 2013. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 19 July 2013)
28 November 2013, received £4,000 for speech to Brokeability Ltd, of AGM House, 3 Barton Close, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 1SJ at a conference held at the McDonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Clopton Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7HP, on 15 October 2013. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)
Consultant to ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd; commodity traders, advising the group and its senior executives on the international and national environment in which it operates and on other specific matters. Address: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE (£55,001-£60,000) Payment received on a quarterly basis.
8 April 2013, received £15,000 consultancy fee for quarter 1 January to 31 March 2013. Hours: approx 45 hrs. (Registered 15 April 2013)
2 July 2013, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 April to 30 June 2013. Hours: 7 days. (Registered 4 July 2013)
8 October 2013, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013. Hours: 80 hrs. (Registered 8 October 2013)
9 January 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013. Hours: approx 45 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)
Advances  for the manuscript of a book from Macmillans Publishers, via Capel & Land Ltd, Literary Agents. Address of Macmillans: 20 New Wharf Road London N1 9RR:
30 April 2013, received £1,230 net of agent’s commission, in respect of the audio recording of my book. Hours: 60 hrs. (Registered 1 May 2013)
4 June 2013, received £29,473.80, net of agent’s commission, as final payment of advance on book. Hours between 10 October 2012 and 4 July 2013: at least 100 hrs (mainly at literary festivals). (Registered 4 July 2013)
Payments for articles from the Telegraph Media Group, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT:
8 March 2013, received £480 for Daily Telegraph article on 26 February 2013. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 5 April 2013)
28 June 2013, received £320 for Daily Telegraph article on 17 June 2013. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 4 July 2013)
12 July 2013, received £330 for article on 2 July 2013. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 19 July 2013)
30 September 2013, received £800 from Associated Newspapers Ltd of 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT for article in the Daily Mail on 17 September 2013. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 8 October 2013)
28 October 2013, received £150 from the Edinburgh International Book Festival5A Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, for speaking at a Festival event on 14 August 2013, in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 18 November 2013)
27 November 2013, received £5,500 from the London Speaker Bureau, of Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8JA, in respect of a speech to a meeting organised by SCOR, 10 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7AA, at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH on 18 November 2013. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)
Received 28 November 2013, £500 from Intelligence Squared, of 6th floor Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LQ, in respect of speech at Westminster Abbey on 22 October 2013. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)
Received 17 January 2014, £1,000 from the Hamlyn Trust, c/o professor Avron Sherr, Chairman of the Trustees, Institute of Advance Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR in respect of the three Hamlyn Lectures 2012, given in the autumn of 2012. Hours: approx 100 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)
Received 3 March 2014, £4,000 from Maria Franzoni Ltd, a licensed office of the London Speaker Bureau, 153 Stoughton Road, Guildford GU1 1LQ, as fee for speaking at Incisive Media Motor Claims 2014 event, Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London SW1, on 13 February 2014. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 4 March 2014)
Received 3 March 2014, £165.40, fee from Independent Print Ltd, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF, for article in the Independent newspaper on 18 January 2014. Hours: 7 hrs. (Registered 4 March 2014)
Received 18 March 2014,  £10,000 from London Speaker Bureau, Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Rd, London, W6 8JA, as fee for speaking at Dialogue Series on Nigeria’s Democracy at Government House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria event on 11 March 2014. The payer was: Mario and Stevens, Yasuha Plaza, Adetokunbo, Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria. Mario and Stevens also paid for London Heathrow/Abuja return flights and transport to and from Heathrow;  £5,250 in total. I also spent one night (11 March) in State Government Guest House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, estimated value £200, and one night (12 March) paid for by a nonregistrable source. Hours: 4 days including travel. (Registered 2 April 2014)
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: for two people, hotel accommodation with a value of £1,190.00; formal meals with a value of £728 and air fares and local transport with a value of £657.30; £2,575.30 in total.
Date of receipt of donation: 1-3 November 2013
Date of acceptance of donation: 1-3 November 2013
Donor status: unincorporated association.
(Registered 12 November 2013)
6. Overseas visits
Name of donor: ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd,
Address of donor: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE 
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Business Class flights (BA and Dragonair) London/Hong Kong/Beijing/London, 7 - 11 April 2013, with a value of £5,716.79, and of two nights in the China World Hotel Beijing (9/10 April) with a value of £773.02; total value £6,489.81
Destination of visit: Hong Kong and Beijing
Date of visit: 7-11 April 2013
Purpose of visit: to undertake consultancy; see my entry under Category 2 above.
(Registered 1 May 2013)
Name of donor: ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd,
Address of donor: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE 
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return Eurostar ticket to Brussels costing £245, plus incidentals, giving a total of £275
Date of visit: 4 June 2013
Purpose of visit: to undertake consultancy; see my entry under Category 2 above.
(Registered 5 June 2013)
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights with a value of £1,283 and other incidental costs, giving a total of £1,470.90
Destination of visit: Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey
Date of visit: 13-15 May 2013
Purpose of visit: to participate in meetings in my capacity as British Co-Chair of the British Turkish Forum (the 'Tatlidil')
(Registered 5 June 2013)
Name of donor: (1 and 2) EU and Government of Turkey (Ministry for EU Affairs) , in a project co-financed by the EU under the IPA Programme in Turkey. (3) British Turkish Forum (the 'Tatlidil')
Address of donor: (1 and 2) CFCU - Eskisehir Yolu 4. Km 2. Cd (Halkbank Kampusu) No: 63 C-Blok 06520 Sogutozu, Ankara (3) Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1 and 2) : Flights with a value of £997.62 and accommodation with a cost of £256.29; (3) travel to and from Heathrow, at £83.50
Destination of visit: Istanbul
Date of visit: 6-7 June 2013
Purpose of visit: To speak at the conference on "Rethinking Global Challenges: Constructing a Common Future for Turkey and the EU"
(Registered 20 June 2013)
Name of donor: British Turkish Forum (the 'Tatlidil')
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return air fare (business class) costing £724.65, hotel accommodation in Istanbul costing £312.75 and taxis to and from Heathrow costing £148; £1,185.40 in total.
Destination of visit: Istanbul
Date of visit: 8-9 July 2013
Purpose of visit: To attend meetings relating to the organisation of the Tatlidil (Registered 30 July 2013 )
Name of donor: Anna Lindh Foundation,
Address of donor: Stiftelsen Anna Lindhs Minnesfond,  Lilla Nygatan 14,    Box 2170,   103 14 Stockholm     
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return flights (Business Class) between Heathrow and Stockholm 10 and 12 September 2013, value £761.50
Destination of visit: Stockholm
Date of visit: 10-12 September 2013
Purpose of visit: to attend the tenth anniversary commemoration for Anna Lindh, former Foreign Minister of Sweden, murdered on 11th September 2003.
(Registered 8 October 2013)
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights with a value of £1,182.95 plus taxis costing £89 and hotel accommodation costing £120.50; total £1,392.
Destination of visit: Istanbul, Turkey
Date of visit: 2-3 October 2013
Purpose of visit: to participate in a meeting in my capacity as British Co-Chair of the British Turkish Forum (the 'Tatlidil')
(Registered 31 October 2013)
Address of donor: 33a Islington Park Street, London N1 1QB
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value):  travel costs, accommodation and subsistence with a value of £1,175
Destination of visit:  West Bank and Israel
Date of visit: 9-13 December 2013
Purpose of visit: Fact-finding delegation organised by  Council for Arab-British Understanding
(Registered 17 December 2013)
Name of donor: (1) Ardeshir Nagashineh, Chairman of Targetfollow PLC; (2) the Majlis, the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran-United Kingdom Parliamentary Friendship Group)
Address of donor: (1) Targetfollow Group Ltd, Riverside House, 11/12 Riverside Road, Norwich NR1 1SQ; (2) Baherestan Square, Tehran, Iran
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1) £373.84, being the balance of the return flights from London to Tehran (via Frankfurt), Business Class, 6 and 10 January 2014. Total cost £1,623.84 – the remainder being met by a non-registrable source; (2) 4 nights hotel accommodation in Tehran at estimated cost of £392.84, plus meals and transport for 4 days at estimated cost of £300.
Destination of visit: Tehran, Iran
Date of visit: 6-10 January 2014
Purpose of visit: visit by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iran at the invitation of the Iran-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Iranian Parliament.
(Registered 19 January 2014)

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