Mark Durkan

MP, Foyle

Foyle Social Democratic and Labour Party

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  • Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Source
  • Voted very strongly against university tuition fees Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source
  • Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions Source
  • Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords Source
  • Voted moderately against increasing the rate of VAT Source
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Mark Durkan never rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Gaza — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] 25 Feb 2015

    Does my hon. Friend recognise the suggestion made by my hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Mr McCann) that Hamas would disarm in return for economic development? That would make a hostage of all those peace-loving people in the Palestinian population who neither hold arms nor hold any brief for those who hold arms.
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Foreign Workers: Domestic Service 25 Feb 2015

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account she took of the recommendations of (a) the Report of the Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review presented to her on 16 December 2013 and (b) the report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill published on 3 April 2014, HC 1019, when establishing the review of migrant domestic worker arrangements.
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Modern Slavery Bill 23 Feb 2015

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of removing the reasonable person test in defence for children from the Modern Slavery Bill.

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Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for Foyle, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for Foyle

Entered House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election

Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election

Left the Assembly on 9 November 2010 — Resigned


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Topics of interest

  • Northern Ireland
  • Home Department
  • International Development
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Treasury
  • Pensioners
  • Civil Service
  • Housing
  • Interuterine Insemination

Currently held offices

  • Member, Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (International Development)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Justice)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Treasury)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Treasury) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Jun 2010)
  • Leader of the Social Democratic & Labour Party (1 Oct 2001 to 6 May 2010)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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  • Has spoken in 69 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 36 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 67.41% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 2 annotations on this MP’s speeches — below 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") 530 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Feb 2015.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA, for taking part in opinion surveys:
18 March 2014, payment of £75 for a survey in January 2014. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 18 March 2014)
2 May 2014, payment of £75 for February/March 2014 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 7 May 2014)
June 2014, payment of £75 for April 2014 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 3 July 2014)
4 August 2014, payment of £75 for May-June 2014 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 8 August 2014)
2 October 2014, payment of £75 for July 2014 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 13 January 2015)
27 November 2014, payment of £75 for October 2014 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 13 January 2015)
6. Overseas visits
Name of donor: Justice for Colombia
Address of donor: 4th Floor, 75-77 St John Street, London EC1M 4NN
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £2,600
Destination of visit: Colombia and Cuba
Date of visit: 21-30 July 2014
Purpose of visit: to monitor human rights and labour rights situation and support the peace process.
(Registered 29 August 2014)

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