How Robert Syms voted since 2001
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Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Source
Voted strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs Source
Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensions Source
Voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Source
Voted very strongly for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Source
Voted a mixture of for and against more EU integration Source
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Robert Syms occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament
As a Conservative Unionist, I was a veteran of the debates of the late 1990s, and I have to say that I always opposed devolution. The reason was that I thought it would be a stepping stone towards independence. After all the years that have gone by, I cannot say that I feel confident that the United Kingdom is still not under threat as we move ahead. The Labour Government of the time...
Yes, I certainly think that that is the case, but we must consider the situation north of the border. There is no appetite for regional government in the United Kingdom, but there is an appetite for showing local government more respect, giving it more responsibility and passing it more money. From my experience in local government and in Westminster, I can say that local government is much...
There are of course issues relating to the fact that we are interdependent within the economy. There are firms operating in both places. My hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart) made a strong point about burdens on business, but I think that substantial fiscal powers and tax-raising powers should be moved to the Scottish Parliament. Ultimately, that would reduce...
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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 92.88% 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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