Mark Durkan

MP, Foyle

Foyle Social Democratic and Labour Party

Mark Durkan’s voting in Parliament

Mark Durkan is a Social Democratic and Labour Party MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Social Democratic and Labour Party MPs.

This is a selection of Mark Durkan’s votes.

  • Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
  • Generally voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
  • Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
  • Consistently voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
  • Consistently voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Mark Durkan’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Mark Durkan’s full vote analysis page for more.

Mark Durkan never rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Work Capability Assessments — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] 9 Feb 2016

    Does it not strike the hon. Lady that although we often hear from the Government, in relation to many other arguments, that policy and Government decisions must be based on evidence, on this fundamental matter the Government rigged the legislation, so that medical evidence could be ignored in favour of the bizarre assumptions and interpretations that the people who carry out the tests come up...
  • Work Capability Assessments — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] 9 Feb 2016

    On the Government’s justification for the measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to cut the work-related activity group rate by 30 a week, the Government have said that that is to remove the financial disincentives that could otherwise discourage claimants from taking steps back to work. They have not produced any evidence for that disincentive in practice. Why does my hon....
  • Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Tax Avoidance and Multinational Companies 3 Feb 2016

    The Minister refers to the Government’s record over the past Parliament and this one, but he has not mentioned the changes to the controlled foreign companies rules, which favoured a number of companies at the expense of the Exchequer and, in net terms, at the much greater expense of exchequers in developing countries.

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

Entered the 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

Expenses

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Topics of interest

  • Northern Ireland
  • Home Department
  • International Development
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Treasury
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Pensioners
  • Sudan
  • Civil Service
  • Housing

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (31 Oct 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (International Development) (1 Jun 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Justice) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • 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

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

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  • Has spoken in 92 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 46 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 80.75% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 2 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.
  • 61 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Mark Durkan’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 606 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 Dec 2015.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA, for taking part in opinion surveys:
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)
18 February 2015, payment of £75 for November 2014 survey. Hours: 40 mins. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 18 February 2015)
Payments from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, for taking part in opinion surveys. All payments donated to charity or to community groups:
16 April 2015, payment of £100 for survey in March 2015. Hours: 40 mins. Payment donated direct to charity. (Registered 08 May 2015)
13 March 2015, received £20. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 03 December 2015)
7 July 2015, received £70. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 03 December 2015)
29 July 2015, received £50. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 03 December 2015)
20 October 2015, received £80. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 03 December 2015)
17 November 2015, received £80. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 03 December 2015)
1 September 2015, received £200 from Ipsos MORI, 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1FY, for participating in summer 2015 survey. Hours: 1 hr. Payment donated to charity. (Registered 01 September 2015)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Heron Brothers
Address of donor: 2 St Patrick's Street, Draperstown, Co Derry, BT45 7AL

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500

Donor status: company, registration 16051

(Registered 15 June 2015)
4. Visits outside the UK
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): travel and accommodation; £2,400

Destination of visit: Cuba

Date of visit: 23-25 October 2015

Purpose of visit: meeting with negotiators in Columbian Peace Process

(Registered 20 November 2015)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Between September 2015 and 23 October 2015, I employed my wife, Jackie Durkan, as Secretary (constituency based). (Registered 08 December 2015)

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