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Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar
- Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government (since 12 May 2010) (note about dates)
- Entered Parliament on 9 April 1992 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Eric Pickles voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted strongly against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Has never voted on a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted moderately against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted moderately against more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Communities and Local Government, Treasury, Deputy Prime Minister, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Home Department
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Valuation Office Agency, Home Information Packs, Council Tax, Local Government Finance, Valuation Office
(based on written questions asked by Eric Pickles and answered by departments)
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“As the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) has said, this has been a full and wide-ranging debate, covering energy prices, climate change, housing policy, heavily fruited confectionery and a brief excursion into the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. The debate was opened by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, my right hon. Friend the Member for Kingston and Surbiton...”
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“I wish I had time, but I cannot give way. Welfare reform is vital to tackle Labour’s budget deficit. Under the last Administration, more taxpayers’ money was being spent on benefits than on defence, education and health combined.”
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“I am sorry, but I do not have time. I always give way, but not when I do not have time. Labour is not short of ideas on new taxes. Labour councillors such as Barnsley’s leader Steve Houghton or the Local Government Association’s Labour leader Councillor David Sparks have lobbied the Government to abolish the single person’s discount on council tax. This would increase tax...”
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- Has spoken in 12 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 72.29% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 7 annotations on this MP’s speeches — 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") 619 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||£4,496 (565th)||£13,689 (512th)||£16,197 (485th)||£13,636||£12,776 (531st)||£11,161 (550th)||£19,722 (joint 1st with 230 others)||£18,009 (joint 2nd with 55 others)|
|Office running costs||£10,070 (578th)||£16,579 (414th)||£13,118 (578th)||£13,796||£15,626 (463rd)||£18,723 (joint 328th with 1 other)||£17,749 (419th)||£14,602 (365th)|
|Staffing costs||£92,097 (410th)||£88,892 (278th)||£91,962 (43rd)||£83,346||£77,897 (65th)||£69,943 (181st)||£69,212 (joint 77th with 28 others)||£46,292 (302nd)|
|Communications Allowance||£11,863 (101st)||£9,944 (joint 153rd with 1 other)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£3,556 (523rd)1||£4,502 (joint 496th with 1 other)2||£2,739 (565th)||£2,612||£5,146 (533rd)||£4,236 (548th)||£4,097 (558th)||£4,508 (490th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|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||£5,227 (167th)||£496 (joint 493rd with 1 other)||£560 (505th)||£889||£1,198 (236th)||£202 (624th)||£93 (646th)||£955 (350th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£581 (606th)||£1,963 (419th)||£3,000||£2,959 (273rd)||£60 (650th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,146 (joint 423rd with 1 other)||£957 (joint 478th with 1 other)||£0||£1,991 (joint 84th with 2 others)||£1,991 (joint 78th with 2 others)||£1,991 (joint 77th with 2 others)||£1,991 (joint 75th with 2 others)|
|Total||£127,307 (560th)||£135,829 (465th)||£127,496 (488th)||£117,279||£117,593 (449th)||£106,316 (553rd)||£112,864 (330th)||£86,357 (376th)|