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A selection of Barbara Follett’s votes
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Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 1997–2004.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 1999–2007.
Voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Consistently voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2003–2007.
Consistently voted for more EU integration Show votes
39 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2006–2009.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Barbara Follett’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Barbara Follett’s full vote analysis page for more.
In the few minutes that remain-
I understand, Mr. Deputy Speaker. With the leave of the House, I would like to reiterate the flexibility that the Bill gives us to carry out this important work, and the fact that the amendments would reduce that flexibility and make that work more difficult.
No, but it does exactly what we hope it will do: involve local people far more in local democratic processes.
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Former Labour MP for Stevenage
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
Topics of interest
- Trade and Industry
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Foot Health Care
- Equal Pay
- Health Professions Council
- Tax Law Rewrite Project
Other offices held in the past
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government (23 Mar 2010 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs (24 Sep 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government (24 Sep 2009 to 23 Mar 2010)
- Minister of State (Culture and Tourism), Regional Affairs (10 Jun 2009 to 24 Sep 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture and Tourism), Department for Culture, Media & Sport (10 Jun 2009 to 24 Sep 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture), Department for Culture, Media & Sport (10 Feb 2009 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture; Minister for the East of England), Department for Culture, Media & Sport (9 Oct 2008 to 10 Feb 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (6 Oct 2008 to 9 Oct 2008)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office (3 Dec 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (and Minister for the East of England), Department for Work and Pensions (28 Jun 2007 to 3 Dec 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State), Department for Culture, Media & Sport (10 Nov 2005 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
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