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Labour MP for Blackburn
- Entered Parliament on 3 May 1979 — General election
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Jack Straw voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Deputy Prime Minister, Home Department, International Development, Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Departmental Public Expenditure, Electoral Register, Constituencies: Boundary Commissions, Departmental Pay, Human Rights
(based on written questions asked by Jack Straw and answered by departments)
- Nato: Iran (17 Jun 2013)
“(Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty’s Government towards Iran following the election of Dr Hassan Rouhani as its new President.”
- Nato: Iran (17 Jun 2013)
“May I thank the Foreign Secretary for that statement and associate myself with the congratulations, in which we would all share, to the Iranian people and to Dr Rouhani on his election? May I tell the Foreign Secretary that in my many dealings with Dr Rouhani when he was head of the Iranian national security council under President Khatami, I found him courteous, engaged and straightforward...”
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- Has spoken in 32 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — well 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 57.45% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 142 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above 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") 4301 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||£6,275 (556th)||£8,039 (570th)||£15,925 (496th)||£17,717||£17,780 (402nd)||£12,877 (522nd)||£19,722 (joint 1st with 230 others)||£11,420 (531st)|
|London costs||£0||£0||£0||£0||£1,618 (joint 1st with 118 others)||£1,574 (joint 1st with 101 others)||£1,527 (joint 1st with 101 others)||£1,227 (joint 1st with 81 others)|
|Office running costs||£23,515 (76th)||£29,201 (13th)||£27,238 (58th)||£21,167||£19,074 (220th)||£18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others)||£18,234 (joint 1st with 183 others)||£23,480 (95th)|
|Staffing costs||£93,448 (377th)||£73,059 (596th)||£67,235 (606th)||£71,207||£63,606 (570th)||£62,500 (553rd)||£61,980 (joint 397th with 36 others)||£37,692 (553rd)|
|Communications Allowance||£7,836 (371st)||£3,796 (510th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£3,895 (508th)1||£3,624 (530th)2||£4,457 (494th)||£3,568||£5,573 (517th)||£4,454 (541st)||£5,094 (526th)||£2,723 (joint 578th with 1 other)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£363 (205th)||£1,740 (35th)||£1,394 (75th)||£897||£566 (264th)||£734 (joint 204th with 1 other)||£1,469 (100th)||£1,266 (98th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£1,032 (116th)||£282 (270th)||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||£6,521 (86th)||£2,030 (21st)||£2,209 (82nd)||£2,261||£1,954 (110th)||£1,544 (122nd)||£1,127 (276th)||£433 (577th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£3,275 (joint 202nd with 1 other)||£2,944 (292nd)||£3,697||£3,240 (joint 239th with 1 other)||£2,378 (343rd)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,321 (160th)||£1,118 (joint 220th with 5 others)||£0||£1,998 (joint 75th with 1 other)||£1,998 (joint 68th with 1 other)||£1,998 (68th)||£1,998 (67th)|
|Other Costs||£0||£0||£0||£597||£3,481 (50th)||£0||£3,314 (45th)||£860 (43rd)|
|Total||£142,887 (407th)||£126,367 (566th)||£122,520 (532nd)||£121,111||£118,890 (422nd)||£106,858 (549th)||£114,465 (292nd)||£81,099 (469th)|