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Labour MP for Gateshead
- Entered Parliament on 6 May 2010 — General election
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Ian Mearns voted on key issues:
- Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Has never voted on replacing Trident. votes
- Voted against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Has never voted on more EU integration. votes
- Has never voted on Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted for a smoking ban. votes
- Has never voted on equal gay rights. 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 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: Education, Communities and Local Government, Work and Pensions, Health, Transport
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Departmental Public Expenditure, Ministerial Policy Advisers, Schools: Vocational Guidance, Academies, Free Schools
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Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Finance Bill Committee (4 out of 4)
- HGV Road User Levy Bill Committee (3 out of 5)
- Trusts (Capital and Income) Bill [LORDS] Committee (1 out of 1)
- FINANCE (NO. 2) BILL Committee (4 out of 4)
- Antarctic Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Localism Bill Committee (20 out of 24)
- Finance (No. 3) Bill Committee (14 out of 14)
- Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc. Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Finance (No. 4) Bill Committee (14 out of 14)
- Health and Social Care (13 May 2013)
“I am pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Roberta Blackman-Woods) and in particular my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield), who made a very strong speech about the Government bottling the proposal for plain packaging for cigarettes. The response to the Queen’s Speech from my constituency of Gateshead, the north-east and the whole...”
- Health and Social Care (13 May 2013)
“My right hon. Friend may be interested to learn that the Prime Minister wrote to me about plain packaging before the Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses. He said in that letter that there were currently no proposals to introduce plain packaging.”
- Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: (25 Apr 2013)
“Further to that point of order, Mr Amess. It strikes me that the Clerk has said that he knew what was happening at the time. I know that this was adjacent to the adjournment for lunch, but why was it not said at the time? I wonder whether the best course of action now is for us to adjourn to get some clarification.”
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- Has spoken in 33 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 40 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
- Has voted in 76.29% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 0 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well below 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") 65 times in debates — well below average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
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