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John Healey’s voting in Parliament
John Healey is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.
This is a selection of John Healey’s votes.
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
2 votes for, 47 votes against, 5 absences, between 2014–2016.
Consistently voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 17 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2018.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Generally voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
3 votes for, 15 votes against, 9 absences, between 2010–2019.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
95 votes for, 17 votes against, 39 absences, between 2006–2020.
Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
8 votes for, 5 votes against, 3 absences, between 1997–2017.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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John Healey has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
(Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the data breach exposing ARAP applicants in Afghanistan.
Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. There is rightly cross-party concern about this very grave security breach, with names, email addresses and in some cases photographs of 250 Afghan ARAP applicants, all still in Afghanistan and in danger, shared in a mass mailing. This needlessly puts their lives at risk. I welcome the Defence Secretary’s presence here this morning...
The Secretary of State is right: the biggest threat from Afghanistan is the country becoming once again the base for extremist terrorist groups. The biggest risk is that the British Government give that the same lack of attention and preparation they gave to Afghanistan in the 18 months ahead of the NATO withdrawal, so why on earth is the Prime Minister now cutting back, by more than half, on...
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Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented Wentworth
Topics of interest
John Healey campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Ministry of Housing
- Communities and Local Government
- Ministry of Defence
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Communities and Local Government
- Housing: Construction
- Performance Appraisal
- Telephone Services
- Affordable Housing: Construction
- Affordable Housing
Currently held offices
- Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (since 6 Apr 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Secretary of State for Housing (9 Jan 2018 to 6 Apr 2020)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Housing (7 Oct 2016 to 9 Jan 2018)
- Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning) (14 Sep 2015 to 27 Jun 2016)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Health (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
- Shadow Minister (Housing) (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
- The Minister for Housing (5 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (2 Nov 2007 to 12 Oct 2009)
- Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (29 Jun 2007 to 5 Jun 2009)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (20 Jul 2005 to 19 Nov 2007)
- The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (10 May 2005 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Member, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (20 Dec 2004 to 12 Jan 2009)
- The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (30 May 2002 to 10 May 2005)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (11 Jun 2001 to 30 May 2002)
- Member, Employment Sub-committee (23 Jul 1997 to 29 Nov 1999)
- Member, Education & Employment Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 29 Nov 1999)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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