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Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
- Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Robert Smith voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted strongly against a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately against replacing Trident. votes
- Voted moderately against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted very strongly against the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately for more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted very strongly for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Trade and Industry, Treasury, Scotland, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Work and Pensions
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands, Renewable Energy, Prisoners' Transfers, Skipton Fund, Gas Prices
(based on written questions asked by Robert Smith and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Petrol Prices (15 May 2013)
“I remind the House of my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. The hard-pressed motorists of the north-east of Scotland—for whom a car is an essential, not a luxury—will want to be confident that they are paying the best price possible for their fuel at the pump. To that end, I welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to help the European Commission...”
- Written Answers — Transport: Motor Vehicles: Testing (15 May 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the recently negotiated Council of Ministers' position on the European Commission's proposals for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and repealing Directive 2009/40/EC would require the UK and other member states to...”
- Written Answers — Transport: Motor Vehicles: Testing (13 May 2013)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's position was on the removal of the exemption of mobile cranes from undergoing roadworthiness testing in recent discussions at the EU Council of Ministers when negotiating a Council position on the Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor...”
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- Has spoken in 23 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 11 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 77.71% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 5 annotations on this MP’s speeches — 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") 314 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||£15,461 (419th)||£19,039 (418th)||£16,166 (487th)||£14,777||£15,636 (470th)||£14,218 (488th)||£13,740 (546th)||£11,691 (525th)|
|Office running costs||£15,759 (405th)||£19,137 (joint 284th with 1 other)||£22,234 (177th)||£25,142||£18,649 (292nd)||£17,477 (506th)||£18,108 (joint 333rd with 1 other)||£15,437 (335th)|
|Staffing costs||£84,346 (529th)||£86,309 (370th)||£85,009 (296th)||£78,874||£64,539 (553rd)||£66,818 (382nd)||£53,830 (596th)||£39,102 (531st)|
|Communications Allowance||£13,611 (44th)||£11,557 (57th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£17,982 (37th)1||£18,534 (24th)2||£18,168 (25th)||£15,563||£18,896 (71st)||£17,343 (86th)||£17,484 (91st)||£14,123 (87th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£338 (213th)||£868 (126th)||£296 (joint 281st with 2 others)||£537||£1,603 (110th)||£636 (229th)||£1,246 (124th)||£685 (196th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£237 (268th)||£468 (219th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£237 (50th)||£1,345 (17th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£2,245 (joint 484th with 1 other)||£465 (joint 511th with 3 others)||£1,091 (252nd)||£651||£894 (328th)||£475 (joint 526th with 2 others)||£517 (562nd)||£505 (555th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,108 (551st)||£3,197 (joint 265th with 1 other)||£2,279||£3,133 (255th)||£2,062 (joint 401st with 1 other)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,486 (22nd)||£1,227 (joint 86th with 1 other)||£1,115||£1,306 (626th)||£1,306 (617th)||£1,306 (596th)||£0|
|Total||£150,216 (328th)||£160,316 (97th)||£147,388 (129th)||£138,938||£124,656 (294th)||£120,335 (303rd)||£106,231 (471st)||£81,543 (464th)|