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Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down
- Entered Parliament on 6 May 2010 — General election
- Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election
- Left the Assembly on 31 March 2012 — Resigned
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Margaret Ritchie voted on key issues:
- Voted moderately against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Has never voted on equal gay rights. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on more EU integration. votes
- Voted for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted against replacing Trident. votes
- Has never voted on Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Has never voted on automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Has never voted on encouraging occupational pensions. votes
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- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Northern Ireland, Treasury, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Energy and Climate Change, Work and Pensions
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Sellafield, Cycling, Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland, Food: Labelling, Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland
(based on written questions asked by Margaret Ritchie and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Warm Home Discount Scheme (4 Dec 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect that the Warm Homes Discount scheme has had on (a) keeping older people warmer and safer during the winter months, (b) reducing levels of fuel poverty across the UK and (c) reducing excess winter deaths.”
- Newry HMRC Centre (3 Dec 2013)
“If the staff choose to stay and do not take voluntary exit, what is the long-term future for them, for Newry and for the other 13 centres?”
- Newry HMRC Centre (3 Dec 2013)
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- Has spoken in 55 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 178 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Has voted in 35.78% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 4 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.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 98 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