Occasionally rebels against their party in this parliament
How Robert Syms voted on key issues since 2001
- Voted very strongly for fewer MPs in the House of CommonsDetails
- Voted strongly for an investigation into the Iraq warDetails
- Voted very strongly against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHSDetails
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of LordsDetails
- Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")Details
- Voted very strongly against the hunting banDetails
- Voted moderately against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EUDetails
- Voted very strongly for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituencyDetails
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquestsDetails
- Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disabilityDetails
- Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent ParliamentDetails
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism lawsDetails
- Voted very strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefitsDetails
- Voted strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPsDetails
- Voted very strongly for reducing central government funding of local governmentDetails
- Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with pricesDetails
- Voted strongly for greater autonomy for schoolsDetails
- Voted strongly for laws to stop climate changeDetails
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per yearDetails
- Voted strongly against introducing foundation hospitalsDetails
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons systemDetails
- Voted strongly against introducing ID cardsDetails
- Voted moderately against equal gay rightsDetails
- Voted very strongly for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patientsDetails
- Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VATDetails
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum systemDetails
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensionsDetails
- Voted moderately against more EU integrationDetails
- Voted a mixture of for and against a smoking banDetails
More on well-known issues (from the Guardian) & their full record
It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Mr Blunkett), who not only spent eight years in the Cabinet but was one of the most effective performers on the Labour Front Bench. He has a lot of respect in all parts of the House and has been a role model throughout his time in the Chamber. The fact that the Chamber is changing will lead to...
I do not like to be critical of the Government, but we have a lot of statements about things that have either gone wrong or allegedly gone wrong, and we do not have enough statements about all the very good things that are going right. This coalition Government are doing a fantastic job, many things are going right in the economy, and those on the Front Bench should do far more to boost this...
I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) on introducing the debate, and on the manner in which he did so. I think it refreshing to have a debate about first principles and about how we might create future wealth, rather than about how we might spend it. We have learnt from history that trade—and free trade in particular—has enabled us all to...
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Topics of interest
- Local Government and the Regions
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Trade Unions
- Departmental Marketing
- Illegal Immigrants
- Building Regulations
Other offices held in the past
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (27 Jul 2010 to 10 Dec 2012)
- Member, Regulatory Reform (26 Jul 2010 to 3 Dec 2012)
- Member, Health Committee (20 Aug 2008 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee) (20 May 2008 to 27 Nov 2008)
- Shadow Minister (Local Government), Communities and Local Government (18 Jan 2006 to 6 Jul 2007)
- Shadow Minister (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (16 Dec 2005 to 18 Jan 2006)
- Shadow Minister, Local Government Affairs & Communities (20 May 2005 to 16 Dec 2005)
- Shadow Minister, Local and Devolved Government Affairs (10 May 2004 to 20 May 2005)
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- Has spoken in 16 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 47 written questions in the last year — above 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 93.35% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 3 annotations on this MP’s speeches — below average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 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") 412 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)