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Conservative MP for Clacton
- Also represented Harwich
- Entered Parliament on 5 May 2005 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Douglas Carswell voted on key issues:
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately for a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly against more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Has never voted on a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
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- Quite often rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Defence, Home Department, Treasury, Health, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Defence: Procurement, Departments: Foreign Relations, Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations, Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance, Lynx Helicopters: Procurement
(based on written questions asked by Douglas Carswell and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Local Transport Bill Committee (10 out of 10)
- Sustainable Communities Bill Committee (7 out of 11)
- Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill Committee (8 out of 8)
- Police and Justice Bill Committee (8 out of 8)
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (10 Dec 2013)
“Narrow measures of money show that there has been no significant growth in the money supply. However, broader measures, such as the Divisia money measure, show that there has been a significant and sharp increase since late 2011. Does that concern the Treasury, and can my hon. Friend assure the House that the monetary authorities are not cooking up yet another credit-induced boom?”
- [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (11 Sep 2013)
“Having taken part in the old scheme and expressed a number of concerns about its corporate governance, I am delighted that the Minister and the Speakers have overhauled the scheme. Will my hon. Friend confirm that the new trust is to be properly accountable? Will it allow pesky Back Benchers, such as me, to ask all sorts of pesky questions without getting chucked out of it? Will the role of...”
- Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)
“The House has been recalled not to sanction military strikes in Syria, but to deplore the use of chemical weapons. I think we can all agree on that. I hope we can agree, too, that there must be a second vote in this House before any direct British military response: no vote, no strike. Certain of our traditionalists will no doubt delight in pointing out that under the rules of Crown...”
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- Has spoken in 16 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 8 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 71.89% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 15 annotations on this MP’s speeches — 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.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 83 times in debates — below average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 25 Nov 2013. 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||2003/04||2002/03||2001/02|
|Staying away from main home||£24,006 (joint 1st with 48 others)||£23,083 (joint 1st with 142 others)||£18,953 (423rd)||£10,869|
|Office running costs||£16,040 (394th)||£21,290 (153rd)||£21,940 (188th)||£19,270|
|Staffing costs||£98,355 (221st)||£84,770 (421st)||£85,598 (273rd)||£81,320|
|Communications Allowance||£13,882 (37th)||£13,204 (38th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£6,852 (339th)1||£6,202 (387th)2||£6,974 (joint 342nd with 1 other)||£7,528|
|Members' Staff Travel||£126 (joint 325th with 1 other)||£92 (381st)||£165 (341st)||£1,213|
|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||£4,314 (228th)||£570 (448th)||£761 (385th)||£490|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£2,871 (251st)||£3,218 (262nd)||£2,598||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,296 (joint 190th with 3 others)||£1,196 (121st)||£892|
|Total||£163,575 (148th)||£153,378 (209th)||£138,805 (304th)||£124,180|