David Laws

MP, Yeovil

Yeovil Liberal Democrat

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How David Laws voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")Details
  • Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of LordsDetails
  • Voted moderately against fewer MPs in the House of CommonsDetails
  • Voted strongly for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during electionsDetails
  • Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of LordsDetails
  • Voted moderately against a more proportional system for electing MPsDetails

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David Laws hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Primary School Places (Bromley) 12 Sep 2014

    I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham West and Penge (Jim Dowd) on securing this important debate. I understand why this matter is important to him and his constituents. He has been kind enough to indicate that it is also a matter of keen interest to my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart), within whose constituency the free school in question sits. I will first set out...
  • Primary School Places (Bromley) 12 Sep 2014

    My hon. Friend is absolutely right in what he says, and the planning officers would have been taken by surprise by this decision, as I believe they recommended approval—indeed, the application was supported by the education department. I will deal with that issue in a moment. It is very important that we draw the right conclusions from this. When a new school is opening, be it a free...
  • Written Answers — Education: Teachers: Qualifications 11 Sep 2014

    The following table provides the information available for the percentage of teachers in publicly funded schools in England who do not hold a degree and the percentage of teachers for whom qualifications data was provided.   Percentage recorded with no degree level qualification Percentage for whom qualification information was provided 2013 3.3 94.0 2012 3.9 93.7 2011...

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Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil

Entered House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election


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Topics of interest

  • Children
  • Schools and Families
  • Treasury
  • Work and Pensions
  • Health
  • Education and Skills
  • Tax Credits
  • Pensions
  • Child Support Agency
  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Euro

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Draft Financial Services Bill (Joint Committee) (18 Jul 2011 to 13 Dec 2011)
  • The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (12 May 2010 to 29 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families (4 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Work & Pensions (1 Jun 2005 to 4 Jul 2007)
  • Member, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Shadow Chief Secretary, Treasury (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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  • Has spoken in 23 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 67.54% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 5 annotations on this MP’s speeches — 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") 535 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 2 Jun 2014.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Received from Biteback Publishing, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP:
£73.07 in royalty payments. No additional hours. (Registered 17 June 2013)
£190.28 in royalty payments. No additional hours. (Registered 21 November 2013)

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