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Conservative MP for Aldridge-Brownhills
- Entered Parliament on 3 May 1979 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Richard Shepherd voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Has never voted on a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Has never voted on a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately against more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted moderately against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted strongly against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
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- Quite often rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Justice, Home Department, Electoral Commission Committee, Work and Pensions, Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): North Sea Camp Prison, Pensions, Sexual Health, Departmental NDPBs, Multi-Agency Public Protection
(based on written questions asked by Richard Shepherd and answered by departments)
- Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme) ((No. 3) (18 Mar 2013)
“What my hon. Friend says is true. He did not mention, but could easily have done so, that glorious sunlit day in Birmingham—perhaps he attended the party conference that year—when we were exhilarated to hear the then shadow Leader of the House give the greatest pleasure to us all when he announced that we would no longer automatically guillotine. That is the substance of the...”
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensions (7 Mar 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many citizens of EU member states other than the UK and Ireland receive pensions in the UK; (2) how many citizens of each EU member state receive pensions in the UK; (3) how many UK citizens receive their pension in EU member states other than the UK and Ireland; (4) if he will make a comparative assessment of the number of...”
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensions (7 Mar 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a comparative assessment of the effect of retirement age regulations in different EU member states on the amount pensioners receive.”
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- Has spoken in 8 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 4 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 55.15% 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 17–18 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") 569 times in debates — 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||£6,665 (555th)||£15,402 (488th)||£17,529 (456th)||£6,968||£7,284 (590th)||£8,577 (583rd)||£10,895 (583rd)||£9,950 (565th)|
|Office running costs||£13,484 (487th)||£10,569 (578th)||£20,224 (341st)||£15,106||£17,570 (joint 379th with 1 other)||£10,907 (626th)||£11,905 (603rd)||£10,139 (520th)|
|Staffing costs||£66,249 (621st)||£73,053 (597th)||£60,830 (632nd)||£67,373||£63,973 (564th)||£57,445 (619th)||£57,691 (566th)||£54,478 (82nd)|
|Communications Allowance||£0||£7,328 (367th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£5,637 (406th)1||£5,794 (413th)2||£5,611 (427th)||£5,606||£9,388 (356th)||£10,688 (299th)||£5,438 (506th)||£7,919 (joint 323rd with 1 other)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£252 (261st)||£113 (368th)||£113 (371st)||£338||£325 (321st)||£365 (304th)||£573 (237th)||£409 (272nd)|
|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||£909 (618th)||£284 (588th)||£138 (636th)||£720||£457 (joint 531st with 2 others)||£251 (613th)||£873 (joint 392nd with 1 other)||£758 (424th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£430 (joint 623rd with 1 other)||£65 (636th)||£2,888||£1,325 (526th)||£424 (630th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£685 (joint 633rd with 1 other)||£783 (605th)||£0||£1,513 (572nd)||£1,513 (joint 555th with 1 other)||£1,513 (534th)||£1,513 (459th)|
|Total||£93,196 (637th)||£113,658 (616th)||£105,293 (617th)||£98,999||£101,835 (606th)||£90,170 (630th)||£88,888 (616th)||£85,166 (400th)|