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Former Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central
- Entered Parliament on 11 June 1987 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 3,982 votes. — 453rd out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Jim Cousins voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted strongly for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted very strongly against the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly against replacing Trident. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
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- Sometimes rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Written Answers — Treasury: Investment Income (7 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total monetary value of and (b) proportion of net investment income in the UK balance of payments has been in each year since 2006.”
- Written Answers — Treasury: Royal Bank of Scotland: Liverpool Football Club (7 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the loans made by Royal Bank of Scotland to Liverpool Football Club are guaranteed under the Government's asset protection guarantee scheme.”
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Departmental ICT (7 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what disruption there has been to her Department's (a) Fraud Referral and Intervention Management System, (b) electronic records management and (c) Customer Information System since 22 January 2010.”
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- Has spoken in 6 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 240 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 69.25% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 1 annotation on this MP’s speeches — well below 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.
- 61 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 228 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 12 Apr 2010. 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||£8,063 (541st)||£9,649 (558th)||£15,429 (500th)||£13,777||£20,387 (283rd)||£19,156 (312th)||£13,312 (554th)||£15,740 (joint 232nd with 1 other)|
|Office running costs||£15,324 (415th)||£17,111 (392nd)||£20,355 (327th)||£19,941||£14,144 (523rd)||£18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others)||£17,972 (376th)||£20,488 (154th)|
|Staffing costs||£99,321 (187th)||£93,902 (84th)||£88,187 (111th)||£80,686||£76,916 (107th)||£66,592 (391st)||£65,557 (242nd)||£42,732 (448th)|
|Communications Allowance||£6,147 (437th)||£4,057 (500th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£9,267 (232nd)1||£12,346 (136th)2||£9,582 (235th)||£10,276||£13,904 (177th)||£14,250 (169th)||£19,169 (59th)||£15,409 (66th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£981 (80th)||£1,423 (53rd)||£944 (135th)||£1,493||£1,385 (133rd)||£1,047 (156th)||£1,517 (joint 94th with 1 other)||£233 (joint 335th with 1 other)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£1,664 (63rd)||£685 (165th)||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||£3,655 (309th)||£982 (joint 230th with 1 other)||£1,965 (101st)||£930||£2,468 (74th)||£2,247 (47th)||£1,125 (joint 278th with 1 other)||£1,319 (220th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£2,737 (266th)||£6,087 (102nd)||£1,669||£4,253 (179th)||£6,151 (73rd)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,174 (joint 370th with 1 other)||£1,039 (joint 363rd with 3 others)||£0||£1,961 (joint 170th with 5 others)||£1,961 (joint 165th with 5 others)||£1,961 (joint 163rd with 5 others)||£1,961 (joint 156th with 5 others)|
|Other Costs||£12,064 (8th)||£0||£3,566 (31st)||£1,623||£0||£49 (87th)||£11,280 (4th)||£4,834 (11th)|
|Total||£156,486 (241st)||£144,066 (371st)||£147,154 (133rd)||£130,395||£135,418 (109th)||£130,252 (115th)||£131,893 (23rd)||£102,716 (59th)|