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Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
- Also represented Sheffield, Brightside
- Entered Parliament on 11 June 1987 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How David Blunkett voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted moderately against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted moderately against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Home Department, Communities and Local Government, Education, Health, Business, Innovation and Skills
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Local Government Finance, Departmental Manpower, Information Commissioner, Departmental Public Expenditure, Asylum
(based on written questions asked by David Blunkett and answered by departments)
- Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Dogs (15 May 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assess the rehabilitation and aftercare of dogs used in racing where owners no longer intend to keep such animals; and if he will make a statement.”
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“I often wonder on these occasions how Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot would have got on, having only six minutes to make a speech, but I will do my best. Last week, my right hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Dame Tessa Jowell) reflected on the current political dialogue, saying that “our political narrative has been characterised by a view of the worst of national...”
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“This talk of search parties is, frankly, risible. The fact was that we had a booming economy with enormous growth and we needed people to fill those jobs. We needed them to do so legally, rather than illegally. At the moment, however, illegal migration is growing and the message we are sending out, particularly to graduate and postgraduate students, is entirely wrong. Of course there is an...”
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- Has spoken in 24 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 47 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 63.53% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 24 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 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") 1441 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 7 May 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 (ranking out of 659)||2003/04 (ranking out of 658)||2002/03 (ranking out of 657)||2001/02 (ranking out of 657)|
|Staying away from main home||£21,363 (236th)||£23,083 (joint 1st with 142 others)||£22,110 (joint 1st with 183 others)||£21,634||£20,608 (268th)||£20,333 (joint 3rd with 149 others)||£19,722 (joint 1st with 230 others)||£14,700 (386th)|
|Office running costs||£25,215 (53rd)||£17,624 (363rd)||£18,864 (437th)||£20,013||£14,325 (514th)||£18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others)||£10,355 (619th)||£6,627 (600th)|
|Staffing costs||£95,661 (316th)||£87,928 (318th)||£88,851 (95th)||£84,056||£71,458 (274th)||£63,565 (530th)||£43,091 (642nd)||£36,314 (579th)|
|Communications Allowance||£10,470 (158th)||£10,319 (104th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£3,642 (517th)1||£3,055 (550th)2||£4,218 (506th)||£5,203||£3,952 (572nd)||£2,224 (609th)||£3,842 (567th)||£1,905 (597th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£212 (joint 274th with 1 other)||£0||£61 (405th)||£668||£960 (joint 191st with 3 others)||£366 (303rd)||£479 (263rd)||£0|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£186 (57th)||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£6,549 (82nd)||£1,071 (joint 200th with 1 other)||£828 (352nd)||£910||£1,003 (286th)||£1,111 (joint 220th with 1 other)||£1,225 (241st)||£939 (joint 359th with 1 other)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£3,183 (212th)||£2,852 (301st)||£3,064||£3,424 (joint 224th with 1 other)||£3,191 (241st)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,309 (joint 170th with 1 other)||£5,327 (1st)||£1,014||£1,769 (joint 480th with 1 other)||£1,769 (joint 471st with 1 other)||£0||£0|
|Total||£163,298 (155th)||£147,572 (311th)||£143,111 (210th)||£136,562||£117,499 (454th)||£111,358 (495th)||£78,714 (647th)||£60,485 (641st)|