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- Also represented Penrith and The Border
- Entered the House of Lords on 10 March 2011
- Previously MP for Penrith and The Border until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
- Entered Parliament on 28 July 1983 — unknown
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Lord Blencathra voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted strongly against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted very strongly for the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted very strongly against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted moderately against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted moderately against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly against more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted strongly against a transparent Parliament. votes
- Has never voted on automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted strongly against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party.
- Security Services: Supervision — Question for Short Debate (7 Nov 2013)
“My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Soley, on securing this debate. I deeply wish that it were not necessary, but in my view, the legal basis under which the security services operate—RIPA—is no longer fit for purpose. I say that as the Peer who had the privilege to chair the Joint Select Committee on the Draft Communications Bill last year, the so-called...”
- Overseas Territories — Question for Short Debate (31 Oct 2013)
“My Lords, I am pleased to declare an interest. I am the representative of the Cayman Islands Government in the United Kingdom, a remunerated post. I have never spoken or asked a question on behalf of Cayman in this House, and do not intend to do so today. Rather, I shall talk about all the British Overseas Territories. I congratulate my noble friend on her speech. She has a notable track...”
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- Has spoken in 2 debates in the last year — below average amongst Lords.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — average amongst Lords.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 76.17% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 0 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — average amongst Lords.
- 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") 11 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (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||£18,763 (337th)||£22,638 (251st)||£21,289 (325th)||£15,167||£20,902 (joint 1st with 187 others)||£20,333 (joint 3rd with 149 others)||£19,722 (joint 1st with 230 others)||£18,007 (59th)|
|London costs||£0||£0||£0||£0||£1,618 (joint 1st with 118 others)||£1,539 (103rd)||£1,527 (joint 1st with 101 others)||£126 (joint 117th with 1 other)|
|Office running costs||£16,340 (383rd)||£25,542 (47th)||£20,398 (joint 319th with 1 other)||£19,727||£18,796 (272nd)||£18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others)||£17,776 (418th)||£26,398 (62nd)|
|Staffing costs||£64,000 (628th)||£77,643 (558th)||£86,728 (213th)||£75,523||£68,599 (426th)||£65,294 (441st)||£65,124 (299th)||£33,304 (606th)|
|Communications Allowance||£3,163 (527th)||£8,297 (315th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£14,189 (90th)1||£16,477 (52nd)2||£15,560 (61st)||£15,724||£19,235 (65th)||£15,819 (121st)||£15,762 (122nd)||£15,109 (72nd)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£2,955 (5th)||£1,030 (98th)||£634 (joint 188th with 1 other)||£0||£239 (joint 344th with 2 others)||£0||£307 (332nd)||£0|
|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||£1,949 (526th)||£649 (396th)||£601 (joint 469th with 3 others)||£938||£777 (367th)||£334 (588th)||£965 (joint 352nd with 1 other)||£1,045 (joint 310th with 2 others)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,530 (joint 459th with 1 other)||£1,117 (570th)||£1,744||£1,167 (joint 548th with 1 other)||£840 (joint 591st with 1 other)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,803 (5th)||£1,090 (joint 258th with 10 others)||£877||£1,886 (joint 330th with 1 other)||£1,358 (604th)||£1,358 (joint 587th with 1 other)||£1,358 (514th)|
|Total||£121,358 (590th)||£155,609 (178th)||£147,417 (128th)||£129,700||£133,219 (134th)||£124,316 (217th)||£122,541 (110th)||£95,347 (162nd)|