Margaret Ritchie

MP, South Down

South Down Social Democratic and Labour Party

Margaret Ritchie’s voting in Parliament

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

This is a selection of Margaret Ritchie’s votes.

  • Consistently voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
  • Generally voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
  • Consistently voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
  • Generally voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
  • Almost always voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes

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Margaret Ritchie never rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions 24 Nov 2015

    What steps is the Foreign Secretary taking to ensure that genuine law-abiding refugees leaving Syria are not locked out of the asylum process as a result of border measures being introduced across the EU after the brutal attacks in Paris?
  • Written Answers — Department of Health: Blood: Contamination 24 Nov 2015

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 11834 to the hon. Member for Salford and Eccles, on what date he plans to announce the consultation on reform of the scheme for support for people affected by contaminated blood products.
  • Isil: New Clause 1 — Duty to report 23 Nov 2015

    Today we have had all the stages of this welfare reform Bill for Northern Ireland. At this third and final stage, we would say again that we must have a higher ambition and aspiration to ensure the fulfilment of a meaningful devolution process in Northern Ireland. By that, we mean that we should not have brought the Bill here, as we have said during all its stages. We would also say that we...

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Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down

Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election

Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election

Left the Assembly on 31 March 2012 — Resigned

Topics of interest

  • Northern Ireland
  • Treasury
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Work and Pensions
  • Sellafield
  • Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland
  • Cycling
  • Food: Labelling
  • Nuclear Power

Currently held offices

  • Member, Greyhound Welfare Committee (since 14 Oct 2015)
  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (since 8 Jul 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (23 Jan 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (6 May 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (6 May 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 9 Nov 2015.

2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Philip Strain
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000

Date received: 5 October 2015

Date accepted: 5 October 2015

Donor status: individual

(Registered 28 October 2015)
8. Miscellaneous
President of St Patrick’s Choral Society. This position is not remunerated. (Registered 07 April 2014)

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