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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Frank Dobson’s votes
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Generally voted against university tuition fees Show votes
7 votes for, 5 votes against, 2 absences, between 1997–2012.
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
1 vote for, 19 votes against, 2 absences, between 2008–2013.
Almost always voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 10 votes against, 2 absences, between 2003–2012.
Generally voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 3 absences, between 2010–2013.
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2013.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 1999–2012.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Frank Dobson’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Frank Dobson’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he first contacted GSK about the price of the meningitis B vaccine.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children died of meningitis B in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission a survey to establish the initial origins and final destinations within the London area of passengers leaving or entering Euston by InterCity services on the West Coast Mainline broken down by the non-London stations at which passengers boarded or disembarked.
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Former Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election
Also represented Camden Holborn and St Pancras South
Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- High Speed 2 Railway Line
- Foundation Hospitals
- NHS Direct
- IT Contracts
- Departmental Manpower
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)
- Member, Administration Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 4 Feb 2008)
- The Secretary of State for Health (3 May 1997 to 10 Oct 1999)
- Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (21 Jun 1994 to 1 May 1997)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1 Jun 1994 to 1 Jun 1997)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (1 Jul 1993 to 21 Jun 1994)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (11 Apr 1992 to 1 Jul 1993)
- Member, House of Commons (Services): Computer Sub-Committee (5 Dec 1989 to 22 Oct 1991)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1 Jul 1989 to 11 Apr 1992)
- Member, Privileges Committee (22 Nov 1988 to 14 Nov 1989)
- Member, Televising of Proceedings of the House Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 9 Nov 1989)
- Member, House of Commons (Services) Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 9 Nov 1989)
- Chair, House of Commons (Services): Computer Sub-Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 5 Dec 1989)
- Member, House of Commons (Services): New Building Sub-Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 9 Nov 1989)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (12 Jun 1987 to 1 Jul 1989)
- Shadow Minister (Health) (1 Jun 1983 to 1 Jun 1987)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 Jun 1981 to 1 Jun 1983)
- Member, Environment Committee (3 May 1979 to 24 May 1982)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
6 August 2014, £75 paid to direct to local organisation by Populus, 10 Northborough Street, London EC1V 0AT, for completing an interview on 28 July 2014. Hours: 35 mins. (Registered 26 August 2014)
Received £90 from the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GO, for an article. Hours: 10 minutes in editing a speech I made in the House of Commons
. (Registered 4 December 2014)
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