Frank Dobson

Former MP, Holborn and St Pancras

Holborn and St Pancras Labour

A selection of Frank Dobson's votes

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  • Generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
  • Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
  • Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
  • Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes

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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

  • Health
  • Transport
  • Treasury
  • 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, House of Commons (Services): New Building Sub-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) Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 9 Nov 1989)
  • Member, Televising of Proceedings of the House 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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  • Has spoken in 31 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Frank Dobson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 43 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very low number of messages sent via during 2014, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 61.90% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 11 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 169 people are tracking this MP
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1646 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

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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