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A selection of Frank Cook’s votes
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Voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 1999–2007.
Consistently voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, in 2007.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
22 votes for, 2 votes against, 18 absences, between 2006–2009.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
6 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 1997–2004.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Frank Cook’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Frank Cook’s full vote analysis page for more.
Order. That terminates the time allocated for the debate.
Order. Would Members please leave the Chamber quietly?
Six minutes, David Heath.
More of Frank Cook’s recent appearances
Former Labour MP for Stockton North
Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)
Topics of interest
- Trade and Industry
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Home Department
- TV Licensing
- Mine Clearance
- Financial Services: Marketing
- Lancet Inquiry
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (1 Nov 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Advisory Committee on Works of Art (10 Jan 2005 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Advisory Committee of Works of Art (28 May 2004 to 10 Jan 2005)
Future MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
- Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill Committee (0 out of 1)
- Chairman, Crime and Security Bill Committee (6 out of 12)
- Chairman, Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Coroners and Justice Bill Committee (10 out of 16)
- Chairman, Climate Change Bill Committee (5 out of 10)
- Chairman, Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Committee (2 out of 8)
- Chairman, Political Parties and Elections Bill Committee (1 out of 11)
- Chairman, Finance Bill Committee (6 out of 24)
- Chairman, Legal Services Bill Committee (6 out of 11)
- Chairman, Mental Health Bill Committee (6 out of 12)
- Chairman, National Lottery Bill Committee (4 out of 8)
- Chairman, Education and Inspections Bill Committee (11 out of 21)
- Chairman, Finance Bill Committee (4 out of 8)
- Chairman, Criminal Law (Amendment) (Householder Protection) Bill Committee (2 out of 3)
- Chairman, Civil Partnership Bill Committee (3 out of 5)
- Chairman, Christmas Day (Trading) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, European Parliament (Representation) Bill Committee (5 out of 6)
- Chairman, European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill Committee (4 out of 5)
- Chairman, Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Regulatory Reform Bill Committee (3 out of 3)
- Chairman, International Criminal Court Bill Committee (10 out of 10)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary consultant and adviser on matters related to planning and the environment to DSM
Demolition Ltd, Arden House, Arden Road, Heartlands, Birmingham B8 1DE and its associated companies. (£5,001-£10,000)
Remuneration by monthly retainer of £825 gross subject to tax.
6. Overseas visits
4-8 April 2008, to Korea and Japan, to attend Leadership for Peace conference. Economy class fare and accommodation for me provided by Universal Peace Federation
. I paid for my own flight upgrade and all my wife's travelling costs. (Registered 28 April 2009)
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