Jack Straw

MP, Blackburn

Blackburn Labour

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How Jack Straw voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately for more EU integration Source
  • Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Source
  • Voted moderately against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source
  • Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions Source
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs Source
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Jack Straw occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolution (Implications for England) 16 Dec 2014

    First, may I give the Leader of the House a spot of advice? He should not go on too much about the Conservatives’ record on devolution. When he was leader of the Opposition, his policy was to oppose devolution to Scotland and to Wales and a Mayor of London. On a more consensual note, does he accept that the fundamental problem is that England is so dominant within the Union of the...
  • NHS (Ttip): Iran (Nuclear Talks) 25 Nov 2014

    I draw the attention of the House to the fact that I am co-chairman of the all-party group on Iran. The Secretary of State’s characterisation of negotiations with the Iranians as tough, complex and painstaking sounds all too familiar. I have every sympathy with him and commend him on his work. All of us want to see a satisfactory deal, but does he accept that there is a danger, if this...
  • NHS (Ttip): Murder of Lee Rigby 25 Nov 2014

    First, I commend the Intelligence and Security Committee report, as the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have done. I also echo what the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary have said about the extreme difficulties that the intelligence and police services face when there is an expectation of success in respect of every investigation. These agencies, and the police, have...

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Labour MP for Blackburn

Entered House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election


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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

Currently held offices

  • Member, House of Commons Governance Committee

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 (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)

Previous MPs in this constituency


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  • Has spoken in 44 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 56.41% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 144 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") 4356 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 8 Dec 2014.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from News International Supply Co Ltd.  Address:  Cygnet Park, 200 Serpentine Way, Peterborough PE7 8FD:
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)
10 September 2014, received £500 from News Corp (formerly News International) for article for The Times on 14 August 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 15 September 2014)
Payments from Specialist Speakers, 18 Waxwell Lane, Harrow, London, HA5 3EN, UK
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)
Received 14 November 2014, £3,000 in respect  of a conference organised by, and held at,  Fuller Research Group, T/A Acumen Fieldwork Ltd (3 Canal Street, The Village, Manchester M1 3HE) on 16 October 2014. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 21 November 2014)
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.
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)
3 April 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014.  Hours: approx 50 hrs. (Registered 8 April 2014)
11 July 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014.  Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 14 July 2014)
19 November 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014.  Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 2 December 2014)
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 30 April 2014, £137.25 from Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge CB2 8BS
in respect of royalties from the sales of the Hamlyn Lectures 2012. No additional hours. (Registered 12 May 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)
Payments received from the London Speaker Bureau, of Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8JA:
27 November 2013, received £5,500 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) 
18 March 2014, received £10,000 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)
11 April 2014, received £4,600.87 as fee for speaking at the "Turkish Davos", Uladag, Bursa, Turkey, 20-22 March 2014, plus (for my wife and me) return flights from Heathrow to Istanbul at a total cost of £1,734 and accommodation and transfers estimated at £600 in total. Payer was Dogan Burda Dergi Yayincilik ve Pazarlama A.S, Kuştepe Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Yolu Caddesi, No: 12 Trump Towers Kule 2 Kat: 24 Şişli-Istanbul. Hours: 2.5 days, including travel. (Registered 14 April 2014)
Received 17 February 2014, £150 from the BBC New Broadcasting House London W1, fee for appearance on Any Questions, Altrincham, Cheshire on 7 February 2014. Hours: 10 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 14 May 2014)
15 May 2014, received £7,773.13 in respect of a speaking engagement on 8 May 2014, at a conference on "Sustainable Futures" in Lisbon organised by Impressa Publishing,  (IMPRESA Sociedade Gestora de Participações Sociais, SA of  Paço de ArcosOeiras Municipality, Portugal), and in addition, £46.40 for London travel and £84.97 for dinner in Lisbon. The costs of accommodation, approx £315, and return flights at £1,011 were paid directly by the organisers. Hours: 44 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 1 July 2014)
1 July 2014, received £7,000 in respect of speaking engagements on 30 June 2014 for the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, of 11, Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris, and, in addition, £675.08 for return travel from London to Paris and incidental costs. The costs of accommodation estimated at £2,492 were paid direct. Hours: 48 hrs. (Registered 1 July 2014)
Received 20 October 2014, £5,000 in respect of a speech to a conference organised by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (St Michaels House, 1 George Yard, London EC3V 9DH) held at 155 Bishopsgate, EC1, on 7 October 2014. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 21 November 2014)
Payment from ComRes, (CommunicationResearch Ltd, Covenham House, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham Surrey KT11 3EP), for opinion survey:
22 August 2014, £90 paid direct to local charity. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 15 September 2014)
Received 30 September 2014, £270.00 from Telegraph Media Group Ltd, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT in respect of an article in the Daily Telegraph on 24 September 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 6 October 2014)
6. Overseas visits   
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)
Name of donor: Akfen Holding 
Address of donor: Koza Sok No: 22 GOP, Ankara, Turkey.
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights from Bursa to Ankara and back to Istanbul, with a value of £6,753.30
Destination of visit: Ankara, Turkey
Date of visit: 22 March 2014
Purpose of visit: to meet a senior member of the Turkish government
(Registered 28 April 2014)

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