David Laws

MP, Yeovil

Yeovil Liberal Democrat

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How David Laws voted since 2001
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  • Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of LordsDetails
  • Voted strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disabilityDetails
  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with pricesDetails
  • Voted very strongly against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons systemDetails
  • Voted strongly for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during electionsDetails
  • Has never voted on reducing central government funding of local governmentDetails

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David Laws hardly ever rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Education: Mathematics: Education 22 Jul 2014

    We are reforming mathematics in post-16 education and have set out our ambition for the majority of young people in England to study mathematics to at least age 18 by 2020. In addition, students without at least a grade C in mathematics GCSE are now required to continue to study this vital subject within 16 to 19 education until they gain this valuable qualification. We are reforming A level...
  • Written Answers — Education: Schools: Birmingham 22 Jul 2014

    This question is a matter for Ofsted. I have asked Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to write to the hon. Member. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
  • Written Answers — Education: Teachers 22 Jul 2014

    Teacher retention remains high: 90% of those entering the profession are teaching one year later, and 78% are teaching after five years. Reforms to teachers’ pay mean that schools have greater flexibility to attract, retain and reward the very best teachers. A report by the Sutton Trust in 2011, ‘Improving the impact of teachers on pupil achievement in the UK’, concluded...

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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

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 22 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 67.61% 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") 533 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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