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Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down
- Entered Parliament on 6 May 2010 — General election
- Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election
- Left the Assembly on 31 March 2012 — Resigned
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Margaret Ritchie voted on key issues:
- Voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs. 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 automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Has never voted on encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Has never voted on more EU integration. votes
- Has never voted on equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted against replacing Trident. votes
- Voted for a smoking ban. votes
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- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Northern Ireland, Treasury, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Energy and Climate Change, Work and Pensions
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Food: Labelling, Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland, Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland, Sellafield, Common Fisheries Policy
(based on written questions asked by Margaret Ritchie and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Petrol Prices (15 May 2013)
“The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported in March 2013 that the average weekly spend on vehicle fuel is higher in Northern Ireland than in comparable regions in Britain, and takes up a significantly larger proportion of consumers’ net income. What further action will the Government take to lower fuel duty to provide equality for all consumers?”
- Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
“At the heart of this debate are two fundamental questions: what is the economy delivering for people and why does it seem to be delivering more for some than for others? A functioning economy needs to work not just for those at the top but for all those who contribute to our businesses, industries and public services. We should all be concerned by the income gap and the disparity between...”
- Business of the House (9 May 2013)
“Will the Leader of the House arrange for a debate on the economy of Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the peace dividend, which was promised by Downing street some years ago to underpin devolution arrangements but as yet has not been realised?”
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- Has spoken in 54 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 113 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Has voted in 33.63% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 4 annotations on this MP’s speeches — 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") 70 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