Mr Martin Bell

Former Independent MP for Tatton

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Recent appearances

  • People's Peers 9 May 2001

    I am grateful to the hon. Member for Thurrock (Mr. Mackinlay), who is a true friend, for raising the issue, especially as, at such a time, there are two categories of retiring Members of Parliament--those who know that they are retiring and those who have yet to find out. I hope that by 8 June I shall be in neither category, but this is an excellent moment to be debating the issue. I...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Army Manpower 23 Apr 2001

    Is the Minister aware that some infantry regiments are spending up to £40,000 of privately raised money on their recruitment? Should not that be the Government's responsibility and not theirs?
  • Children's Rights Commissioner Bill 6 Apr 2001

    I shall speak briefly in support of the Bill and of the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre (Mr. Dawson). I regret that so many of the Bill's supporters are not here. In my view, they should have been.

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Former Independent MP for Tatton

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 14 May 2001 — General election

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 May 2001.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Eleven monthly articles for the Manchester Evening News. (£1,001-£5,000)
Occasional speaking and writing engagements.
Fee of £1000 from the Sunday Mirror for an article on the BBC in their edition of 7 August 1999.
Contract from Penguin Books for the book "An Accidental MP" which is to be published in autumn 2000.
Fee of £750 from the BBC for narrating a Radio 4 programme on the Biafra War on 15 January 2000.
20 January 2000, £750 from The Precise Communications Group for narrating three television programmes "Eye on the World" for the Discovery Channel. Proceeds after tax to constituency causes.
23 February 2000, £750 for a speech at the Alan Boswell Investment Seminar in Norwich. Proceeds after tax to Little Bollington Primary School in my constituency.
July 2000, payment received from J.P. Morgan through Masius, a design company, for my help in a J.P. Morgan internal communications document. For this consideration, a cheque for £1000 was paid through my office directly to Lower Peover Primary School in the Tatton constituency.
Fee of £2000 from Oldham Chamber of Commerce for speaking at their Annual Dinner on Friday 20 October. £1000 of this fee has been given to Lower Peover Primary School and the other £1000 to Oakenclough Primary School, both in the Tatton constituency.
15 February 2001, £2,500 fee for speaking at the Business Barometer Dinner in Stretton, Cheshire. The fee was split between Lacey Green Primary School, Wilmslow and Brooke Dean Community School in Handforth..
Fee of £1000 received from The Times for a diary column in February 2001. (Registered 8 March 2001)
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
13 February 2001, free overnight stay provided by the Landmark Hotel, London W1, on connection with a speaking engagement on behalf of a charity. (Registered 14 February 2001)
6. Overseas visits
23 July 2000, return flight from London to Brussels as a member of the All-Party Group for the Eradication of Land Mines, paid for in part by the UK Working Group on Land Mines, for discussions with NATO officials about the use of cluster bombs in Kosovo. (Registered 26 July 2000)

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