David Laws

Former MP, Yeovil

Yeovil Liberal Democrat

A selection of David Laws's votes

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  • Voted moderately for more EU integration Details
  • Voted very strongly for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Details
  • Voted moderately against a more proportional system for electing MPs Details
  • Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT Details
  • Voted strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Details
  • Voted moderately against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Details

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David Laws hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Condition Improvement Fund 26 Mar 2015

    Today I am announcing the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund 2015-16, which provides funding for the improvement and expansion of existing academy and sixth-form college buildings. The Condition Improvement Fund replaces the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund and the Building Condition Improvement Fund for sixth-form colleges. I am announcing funding for 367 million for 1,366...
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training 24 Mar 2015

    It is the responsibility of individual primary schools to ensure that teachers get appropriate continuing professional development in all relevant subjects, including mathematics. The Department for Education is committed to improving the mathematical ability of primary teachers and we have put in place a number of measures to support schools; in particular with implementing the new...
  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training 24 Mar 2015

    It is for school leaders to determine with their teachers what forms of professional development would be most effective in particular circumstances and to fund this from their delegated budgets. However, the government is continuing to improve the capacity of schools to take the lead in training and developing teachers, including teachers of STEM subjects in secondary schools. This includes...

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil

Entered House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election

Left Parliament on 30 March 2015 — 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

  • The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (6 Sep 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • The Minister for Schools (6 Sep 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • 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 (Children, Schools and Families) (4 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families) (1 Jun 2007 to 20 Jun 2007)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2007)
  • Member, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (2 Dec 2002 to 5 May 2005)
  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, Treasury Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 7 Jan 2003)
  • Member, Treasury Sub-committee (7 Jun 2001 to 7 Jan 2003)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)

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  • Has spoken in 17 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 66.02% 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.
  • 128 people are tracking this MP
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 555 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Received from Biteback Publishing, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP:
£118.29 in royalty payments, received in June 2014. No additional hours. (Registered 28 July 2014)
4. Sponsorships
(a) Donations to my constituency party or association, which have been or will be reported by the party to the Electoral Commission:
(a) Name of donor: Yeovil Liberal Democrats
(a) Address of donor: 5 Church Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1HB
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Money raised at and following a fundraising event on 28 April 2014  in support of campaigns for the 2015 local elections and for my own election fund. The total raised was £49,600, which includes the registrable donations below.
(a) Donor status: unincorporated association
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a)
(a) Name of donor: Mr and Mrs J Goddard Watts
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £7,500
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Nina Campbell
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Toolstream Ltd
(a) Address of donor: Boundary Way, Lufton Trading Estate, Yeovil, BA22 8HZ
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
(a) Donor status: company, registration 04281144
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Michelle Quest
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Neil Sherlock
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Mr and Mrs R Rooke
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Deborah Berger
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £15,000
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Brompton Capital Ltd
(a) Address of donor: 35 South St, London W1K 2XE
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
(a) Donor status: company, registration 03275808
(a) (Registered 25 July 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Paul Marshall
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £8,286 in hosting the fundraising dinner
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 6 August 2014)
(a) Name of donor: Thomas L Kalaris
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £7,250
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 21 January 2015)
(a) Name of donor: Paul Marshall
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £7,250
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 23 February 2015)
(a) Name of donor: Bill Reeves
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £25,000
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 23 February 2015)

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