My hon. Friend is making a powerful point. Equal votes in constituencies for fair representation is one of the fundamentals of politics, yet the boundary review was voted down for narrow party interests.
This is an important debate and I welcome the fact that my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) opened it. The subject needs to be aired by this House. I do not necessarily see the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 as the work of the forces of evil or, indeed, the Liberal Democrats. On the other hand, the alternative of the previous system is not necessarily a panacea. In...
Actually, the power to call a general election is a poisoned chalice for a Prime Minister: if they win it is great, but if they lose they generally get the chop because they made the wrong decision. Under the old system, Conservative campaign headquarters told its candidates that there were only so many Thursdays—which, by convention, we used—and only so many days of the year,...
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Conservative MP for Poole
Entered House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
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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
Currently held offices
- Member, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
- Member, Finance and Services Committee
- Member, Administration Committee
- Member, Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills (Joint Committee)
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 20 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 55 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 92.89% 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") 423 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
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