Jim Dowd

MP, Lewisham West and Penge

Lewisham West and Penge Labour

Jim Dowd campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Jim Dowd’s voting in Parliament

Jim Dowd is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Jim Dowd sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Jim Dowd generally voted against new high speed rail infrastructure, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Jim Dowd generally voted for university tuition fees, while most Labour MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Jim Dowd has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements 7 Sep 2016

    Will the Prime Minister join me and, I am sure, the whole House in sending our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rozanne Cooper and her 10-year-old nephew, Makayah McDermott, who were mown down by a stolen car in Penge last week? May we also send best wishes to the three young girls who were involved, all family members? While other inquiries, including...
  • Backbench Business: Snares 21 Jul 2016

    I have listened to what the Minister said. Unfortunately, I am not assuaged by it because, to coin a phrase, I have heard it before—now it will be “very soon”. It took the Government two years to publish the DEFRA research and development unit report. It began in 2010 and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) pointed out, took until 2012 to produce...
  • Backbench Business: Snares 21 Jul 2016

    I beg to move, That this House notes the indiscriminate and cruel nature of snares, the failure of previous attempts at voluntary and self-regulation amongst operators, and the continued suffering caused to thousands of animals every year by these traps; and calls on the Government to implement a full ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares at the earliest opportunity....

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Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge

Entered the House of Commons on 9 April 1992 — General election

Also represented Lewisham West


Topics of interest

  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Transport
  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Copyright
  • Cancer: Health Services
  • Broadband
  • Further Education: Greater London
  • Copyright: Education

Currently held offices

  • Member, Petitions Committee (since 26 Oct 2015)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (since 13 Jul 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (11 Jun 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee) (10 Jul 2003 to 17 Nov 2003)
  • Member, Health Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 6 May 2010)
  • The Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury (8 May 1997 to 7 Jun 2001)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (1 Jun 1995 to 1 Jun 1997)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 1993 to 1 Jun 1995)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 10 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Jim Dowd’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 6 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 69.32% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 1 annotation on this MP’s speeches — 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.
  • 220 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Jim Dowd’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 183 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: William Hill PLC
Address of donor: Greenside House, 50 Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 7TP

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: two tickets plus hospitality, at the FA Cup Final tie at Wembley Stadium, with an estimated total value of £500

Date received: 21 May 2016

Date accepted: 21 May 2016

Donor status: company, registration 04212563

(Registered 02 June 2016)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my nephew, Fred Sollitt Dowd, as a Parliamentary Assistant. (Updated 5 June 2015)
10. Family members engaged in lobbying the public sector on behalf of a third party or client
My partner, Janet Anderson, is employed by Pearson Anderson Communications Ltd as a Consultant. (Registered 05 June 2015)

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