Robin Cook

Former Labour MP for Livingston

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Recent appearances

  • G8 11 Jul 2005

    May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on achieving a greater sense of purpose at this G8 summit than at any previous one that I can recall? Whatever criticism is now being made of the aid and debt package, is not the outcome a far better deal than anyone could have dared hope for only six months ago? On the issue of follow-through, Russia takes over the presidency next year and may not have...
  • Constitutional Affairs: Electoral Systems (Review) 5 Jul 2005

    As the review is considering the experience of Scotland, will my right hon. and learned Friend consider writing to all Scottish Members to tell them who is carrying out the review, when they will visit Scotland and who they will talk to there? Will she explain to all Members, from whatever part of the House, what opportunity there will be in the review for the public to express a view?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Deterrent 4 Jul 2005

    Can my right hon. Friend say whether, in the event that he intends not only to retain the deterrent but to replace it, he would expect the defence budget to be increased? If he does not expect that budget increase, would it not be entirely rational to decide that it might be wiser to husband his budget for the peacekeeping and stability missions that the British forces do so well and which,...

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Former Labour MP for Livingston

Entered the House of Commons on 28 February 1974 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 6 August 2005 — Died

Also represented Edinburgh Central


Other offices held in the past

  • Lord Privy Seal (8 Jun 2001 to 17 Mar 2003)
  • Foreign Secretary (2 May 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)

Future MPs in this constituency

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Consultant to the Tote, providing advice on public policy in relation to horseracing. (£15,001-£20,000)
Contract for weekly article for The Guardian from October 2004. (£25,001-£30,000)
Payment from Simon & Schuster for the paperback edition of 'The Point of Departure'. (£45,001-£50,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
Occasional articles for: The Sunday Mirror (£1,000) (Up to £5,000)
The London Standard (Up to £5,000)
Monthly article for the Racing Post. (£5,001-£10,000)
Occasional broadcasting fees from BBC. (Up to £5,000)
20 February 2004, lecture in Tokyo for Royal Bank of Scotland. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 13 July 2004)
5 May 2004, lecture in Athens for Economist Intelligence Unit. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 13 July 2004)
6 September 2004, speech to an AMT-Sybex conference. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 4 October 2004)
23 September 2004, speech to the Yorkshire Fiscal Group. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 4 October 2004)
14 October 2004, speech to the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
28 October 2004, television appearance for Hat Trick Productions. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
29 October 2004, speech to the Irish Auctioneers & Valuers' Institute, Dublin. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
18 November 2004, speech to the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
7 December 2004, speech to Russian Foundation. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
16 December 2004, speech to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
17 December 2004, speech for Granada Television. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 28 January 2005)
2 April 2005, speech to the Association of British Tour Operators in France. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 8 April 2005)
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
13 May 2004, gold necklace given to my wife on behalf of the Arab Women's Association in appreciation of her and my attendance at their charity dinner. (Registered 13 July 2004)
8. Land and Property
One residential property in London from which rental income is received.

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