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Former Labour MP for Bolton West
- Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election
- Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Majority: 2,064 votes. — 548th out of 643 MPs.
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Ruth Kelly voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted moderately against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted moderately for the hunting ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Has never voted on increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in their last parliament.
Most recent appearances
- Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Children in Care: Child Trust Fund (25 Mar 2010)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities (a) ensure that the full £100 Child Trust Fund annual payments for looked-after children are put in their individual account and (b) have used all or part of these payments for other purposes.”
- Written Answers — Treasury: Child Trust Fund: Children in Care (22 Mar 2010)
“To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of stakeholder Child Trust Funds managed by the Official Solicitor or Accountant of Court on behalf of looked-after children.”
- Written Answers — Justice: Children in Care: Child Trust Fund (17 Mar 2010)
“To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of Child Trust Funds managed by the Official Solicitor or Accountant of Court on behalf of looked-after children have been re-allocated to a different provider following concerns about investment performance.”
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- Has spoken in 0 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 3 written questions in the last year — 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 63.82% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 36 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above 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.
- 113 people are tracking this MP.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 686 times in debates — well above 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||£11,294 (487th)||£13,326 (515th)||£16,089 (489th)||£17,472||£19,287 (347th)||£20,333 (joint 3rd with 149 others)||£18,370 (404th)||£14,791 (378th)|
|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)||£1,130 (joint 83rd with 26 others)|
|Office running costs||£24,094 (67th)||£11,951 (544th)||£17,631 (492nd)||£16,930||£17,852 (368th)||£15,857 (555th)||£17,607 (435th)||£17,650 (248th)|
|Staffing costs||£91,497 (423rd)||£80,132 (528th)||£76,036 (544th)||£65,826||£59,784 (611th)||£59,521 (598th)||£65,596 (joint 179th with 51 others)||£49,123 (211th)|
|Communications Allowance||£59 (601st)||£59 (joint 601st with 1 other)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£8,876 (248th)1||£6,956 (352nd)2||£6,069 (399th)||£5,970||£6,019 (498th)||£6,039 (480th)||£5,965 (491st)||£5,645 (439th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£0||£730 (143rd)||£1,376 (78th)||£510||£1,563 (113th)||£1,794 (66th)||£260 (joint 350th with 2 others)||£415 (268th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£1,259 (97th)||£173 (299th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£0||£86 (89th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£1,608 (567th)||£591 (joint 434th with 3 others)||£844 (343rd)||£618||£659 (427th)||£611 (joint 455th with 1 other)||£1,344 (206th)||£699 (455th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£779 (592nd)||£2,231 (377th)||£1,501||£866 (588th)||£991 (566th)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,061 (joint 527th with 3 others)||£930 (joint 523rd with 22 others)||£930||£1,787 (joint 468th with 1 other)||£1,787 (joint 460th with 1 other)||£1,787 (joint 439th with 1 other)||£1,787 (joint 384th with 1 other)|
|Total||£138,685 (470th)||£115,844 (613th)||£121,206 (545th)||£109,757||£109,435 (554th)||£108,507 (530th)||£112,456 (340th)||£91,240 (256th)|