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A selection of Jim Dobbin's votes
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Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
2 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, in 2010
Generally voted against university tuition fees Show votes
7 votes for, 4 votes against, 3 absences, between 1997–2012
Generally voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, in 2013
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
6 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2012
Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
7 votes for, 5 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2012
Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
0 votes for, 4 votes against, 4 absences, between 2008–2013
We have lots more plain English analysis of Jim Dobbin’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Jim Dobbin’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on categorising modification to genomic DNA in mitochondria through pronuclear transfer or maternal spindle transfer as genetic modification.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of changes in the survival rate of babies born before 24 weeks gestation; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Iraq government to sign the Ministry of Justice's draft Prison Transfer Agreement.
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Former Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 7 September 2014 — Died
Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005
Topics of interest
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Education and Skills
- Education (Heywood and Middleton)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Communities and Local Government Committee (7 Nov 2007 to 10 Mar 2009)
- Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (15 Nov 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, European Scrutiny Committee (29 Jun 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, European Scrutiny Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 26 Aug 2014.
6. Overseas visits
Address of donor: 150 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): air fare and hotel accommodation with a total value of £1,621
Destination of visit: Gibraltar
Date of visit: 6-11 September 2013
Purpose of visit: Visit as part of a Parliamentary Delegation with the APPG
on Gibraltar, of which I am the chairman, to celebrate Gibraltar Day.
(Registered 4 November 2013)
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