Hilary Benn

MP, Leeds Central

Leeds Central Labour

Hilary Benn’s voting in Parliament

Hilary Benn is a Labour MP, and so on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

This is a selection of Hilary Benn’s votes.

  • Generally voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
  • Generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
  • Consistently voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
  • Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
  • Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes

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Hilary Benn occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria 24 Nov 2015

    Following its shockingly brutal attacks in Paris, no one doubts that we must defeat Daesh in both Iraq and Syria, and that that must be linked to the urgent need for a peace plan to end the Syrian civil war. When does the Foreign Secretary expect a decision to be reached on which opposition groups will take part in the talks that are due to start on 1 January, and what is his current...

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Labour MP for Leeds Central

Entered the House of Commons on 10 June 1999 — Byelection


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Topics of interest

  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Work and Pensions
  • Written Questions: Government Responses
  • Written Questions
  • Housing: Construction
  • Local Government Finance
  • Empty Property

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Foreign Secretary (since 8 May 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (7 Oct 2011 to 8 May 2015)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (26 Jan 2011 to 7 Dec 2011)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Jun 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for International Development (6 Oct 2003 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development (13 May 2003 to 6 Oct 2003)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Minister for Prisons and Probation) (29 May 2002 to 13 May 2003)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (11 Jun 2001 to 28 May 2002)
  • Member, Environment Sub-committee (6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Committee (6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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More about this

  • Has spoken in 17 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 141 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 64.39% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 31 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 203 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Hilary Benn’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1083 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Nov 2015.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Oxfam GB
Address of donor: Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): travel, accommodation and food at a value of £742.09

Destination of visit: Jordan

Date of visit: 25-28 October 2015

Purpose of visit: to assess the situation facing Syrian refugees in Jordan, including visiting the Zaatari refugee camp and meeting Syrian refugees living there and in the host community, to learn about Oxfam’s work in support of refugees, and to hold meetings with UNHCR and the Jordanian Government.

(Registered 05 November 2015)
6. Land and property: (i) value over £100,000 (ii) rental income of over £10,000 a year
Part-owner of house (Updated 24 November 2014) and small nature reserve in Essex: (i)
Part–owner of flat in London; until January 2015 (Updated 10 February 2015): (i) (Registered 24 November 2014)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Sally Clark, as part-time Research/Parliamentary Assistant.

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