John Bercow

Former Speaker MP for Buckingham

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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How John Bercow voted on Social Issues #

Last updated: 18 July 2019. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Foreign Policy and Defence #

Last updated: 15 July 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Welfare and Benefits #

  • Has never voted on reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")
  • Has never voted on raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
  • Has never voted on paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Has never voted on making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
  • Has never voted on a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
  • Has never voted on spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

Last updated: 8 May 2018. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Taxation and Employment #

  • Has never voted on raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax
  • Voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes 1 vote for, 0 votes against, 26 absences, between 2008–2019
  • Has never voted on higher taxes on alcoholic drinks
  • Has never voted on higher taxes on plane tickets
  • Has never voted on lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
  • Has never voted on increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
  • Voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes 0 votes for, 1 vote against, 4 absences, between 2004–2011
  • Has never voted on automatic enrolment in occupational pensions
  • Has never voted on a banker’s bonus tax
  • Has never voted on higher taxes on banks
  • Has never voted on an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax)
  • Has never voted on allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for
  • Voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity Show votes 1 vote for, 0 votes against, 11 absences, between 2008–2017
  • Has never voted on reducing capital gains tax

Last updated: 25 June 2019. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Business and the Economy #

  • Has never voted on reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • Has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance
  • Has never voted on stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in assets
  • Has never voted on new high speed rail infrastructure

Last updated: 1 July 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Health #

Last updated: 23 October 2019. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Education #

Last updated: 29 June 2017. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Constitutional Reform #

Last updated: 20 July 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Home Affairs #

Last updated: 30 June 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Environmental Issues #

  • Voted a mixture of for and against measures to prevent climate change Show votes 5 votes for, 1 vote against, 27 absences, between 2000–2019
  • Has never voted on lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
  • Has never voted on selling England’s state owned forests
  • Has never voted on higher taxes on plane tickets
  • Has never voted on financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods
  • Has never voted on culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis
  • Has never voted on greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas
  • Has never voted on new high speed rail infrastructure

Last updated: 5 February 2020. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Transport #

  • Has never voted on greater public control of bus services
  • Has never voted on slowing the rise in rail fares
  • Has never voted on lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
  • Has never voted on higher taxes on plane tickets
  • Has never voted on a publicly owned railway system

Last updated: 31 October 2017. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Housing #

  • Has never voted on phasing out secure tenancies for life
  • Has never voted on charging a market rent to high earners renting a council home

Last updated: 3 May 2016. Please share these votes responsibly.

How John Bercow voted on Miscellaneous Topics #

Last updated: 5 September 2018. Please share these votes responsibly.

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Profile photo: By Michał Koziczyński (Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) [CC BY-SA 3.0 pl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/pl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons