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- Also represented Birmingham, Perry Barr
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- Entered the House of Lords on 21 June 2001
- Previously MP for Birmingham, Perry Barr until 14 May 2001 — General election
- Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Perry Bar, 1974-2001. Opposition spokesman on social security, 1980-83, on treasury and economic affairs, 1983-84, on housing, 1984-87, on local government, 1987-88, on health and social services, 1990-92, on higher education, 1992-93; Deputy Shadow Leader of House of Commons, 1994-97; Minister of State, MAFF, 1997-99; Department of Social Security, 1999-2001. (from Number 10 press release)
- Entered Parliament on 28 February 1974 — General election
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Lord Rooker voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted strongly against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Has never voted on replacing Trident. votes
- Voted strongly for introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted moderately against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Has never voted on a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party.
- Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (18 Dec 2013)
“Reducing the number of children born with neural tube defects and considering fortifying white bread flour with folic acid – Lord Rooker.”
- Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Birth Defects (5 Dec 2013)
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they plan to have all health regions in England covered by a congenital anomaly register. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom compares with other European Union member states in respect of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct the Chief Medical...”
- Education: PISA Results — Statement (3 Dec 2013)
“Can the Minister confirm that although this is December 2013, the tests on those half a million children actually took place in 2012? I have to say that it is ludicrous beyond belief, and silly, for my friends in the Opposition to complain that it is the fault of the coalition. Two years is a nanosecond for change and it is ludicrous to make such connections. I would argue that although the...”
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- Has spoken in 13 debates in the last year — above average amongst Lords.
- Has received answers to 24 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst Lords.
- Has voted in 68.39% of votes in this House with this affiliation — above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 21 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 2015 times in debates — well above average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)