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Former Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
- Entered Parliament on 7 June 2001 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 8,348 votes. — 209th out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How James Purnell voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted moderately for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Members: Correspondence (20 May 2009)
“A reply was sent to my right hon. Friend on 17 May 2009.”
- Written Ministerial Statements — Work and Pensions: Agency Targets and Business Plans (12 May 2009)
“I am today able to announce the annual performance targets for 2009-10 for the two executive agencies of the Department for Work and Pensions. The targets I have agreed are set out. Further information on the plans of Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service in 2009-10 is contained in their individual "Business Plans" which have been published today. Copies have been...”
- Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit Claimants (11 May 2009)
“We are increasing the help available to incapacity benefit claimants, all of whom have access to back-to-work support through pathways to work. We are also taking forward the Gregg review vision that everyone should be expected to take active steps towards work in return for their benefits, except for those in the support group, who are most disabled. In the first instance, we will trial that...”
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- Has spoken in 1 debate in the last year — well 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 low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 76.01% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 33 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above 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.
- 111 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 392 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 12 Apr 2010. More about the Register
Figures in brackets are ranks.Data from parliament.uk (source). Read 2004/05 – 2008/09 and 1st quarter 2009/10 receipts.
|Type||2008/09 (ranking out of 647)||2007/08 (ranking out of 645)||2006/07 (ranking out of 645)||2005/06||2004/05 (ranking out of 659)||2003/04 (ranking out of 658)||2002/03 (ranking out of 657)||2001/02 (ranking out of 657)|
|Staying away from main home||£20,950 (250th)||£21,209 (333rd)||£21,943 (269th)||£21,634||£20,845 (228th)||£20,333 (joint 3rd with 149 others)||£19,722 (joint 1st with 230 others)||£18,009 (joint 2nd with 55 others)|
|Office running costs||£21,945 (127th)||£17,959 (348th)||£21,658 (200th)||£20,000||£18,997 (240th)||£18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others)||£18,142 (317th)||£34,295 (17th)|
|Staffing costs||£93,716 (369th)||£76,465 (571st)||£86,037 (258th)||£82,885||£69,172 (409th)||£71,258 (155th)||£64,418 (328th)||£39,856 (517th)|
|Communications Allowance||£5,218 (469th)||£4,634 (475th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£9,507 (221st)1||£5,362 (446th)2||£10,356 (203rd)||£6,785||£13,255 (207th)||£17,334 (88th)||£13,298 (192nd)||£11,512 (153rd)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£1,144 (joint 64th with 1 other)||£1,007 (joint 99th with 1 other)||£1,073 (112th)||£1,345||£2,255 (56th)||£1,817 (65th)||£1,574 (84th)||£1,273 (97th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£1,384 (584th)||£499 (joint 490th with 1 other)||£1,773 (120th)||£2,242||£2,287 (91st)||£1,901 (81st)||£1,445 (172nd)||£2,213 (53rd)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,249 (joint 522nd with 1 other)||£4,251 (177th)||£6,998||£6,335 (joint 94th with 2 others)||£5,866 (84th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,180 (joint 358th with 4 others)||£973 (joint 454th with 10 others)||£0||£1,887 (joint 327th with 2 others)||£1,887 (joint 321st with 2 others)||£1,887 (joint 315th with 2 others)||£1,887 (joint 297th with 1 other)|
|Total||£153,864 (280th)||£129,564 (536th)||£148,064 (118th)||£141,889||£135,033 (112th)||£139,195 (36th)||£120,486 (157th)||£109,045 (23rd)|