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Conservative MP for Clacton
- Also represented Harwich
- Entered Parliament on 5 May 2005 — General election
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- Voting record
- Topics of interest
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Douglas Carswell voted on key issues:
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted moderately for a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted strongly against more EU integration. votes
- Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted very strongly against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Has never voted on a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. 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)
- Economic Growth (15 May 2013)
“Does the hon. Gentleman think that the answer to this problem might be even more cheap credit—perhaps a British version of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? What does he think we should do to sort out the lack of availability of mortgages?”
- Business without Debate — Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — The Intelligence and Security Committee (7 Mar 2013)
“Is not it precisely because the Committee’s work is so vital—in some senses it is more important than almost any other Committee, because it relates to fundamental issues of statecraft and national security—that there should be at least some modicum of democratic accountability, albeit under the system of de facto licence, as identified by my hon. Friend the Member for...”
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- Has spoken in 13 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 10 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 71.36% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 14 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") 81 times in debates — below 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||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|