A selection of David Heath's votes
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Generally voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
Almost always voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
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I always said that I would leave this place before I lost the buzz of having the privilege of speaking in this Chamber. I am very happy to say that after 18 years I am doing that. There are many people who did not think I would last 18 years. The late Lord Rees-Mogg wrote an article every time I stood for election, saying that on the basis of an extensive poll of his friends and family, I was...
Further to the point of order, Mr Speaker. There is, of course, another way. The Leader of the House could withdraw the motion—[Hon. Members: “Withdraw, withdraw.”] I have to say that although I would always support a secret ballot, I very much dislike the way in which this matter has been brought before the House today.
Forty years ago, when I was president of a students union, I was visited by officers from King’s Cross special branch, whose express purpose was to tell me that they had a file on me. Like the right hon. Member for Neath (Mr Hain), I do not take that desperately seriously, given the circumstances of the time, but I do take very seriously the matter of files being kept on Members of...
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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Departments: Advertising
- Post-Mortems: Children
Other offices held in the past
- Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (25 Nov 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
- The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
- The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (17 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (8 Jan 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Justice Committee (26 Mar 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State (20 Dec 2007 to 1 Mar 2008)
- Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (13 Jul 2005 to 2 May 2006)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2007)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (10 May 2005 to 20 Dec 2007)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jun 2002 to 1 Jun 2005)
- Member, Standards and Privileges Committee (5 Nov 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (16 Jul 2001 to 10 Nov 2003)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2003)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (1 Jun 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
- Member, Foreign Affairs: Entry Clearance Sub-Committee (29 Jan 1998 to 19 Nov 1998)
- Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (16 Jul 1997 to 1 Nov 1999)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jun 1997 to 1 Jun 1999)
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- Has spoken in 63 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs. See all David Heath’s speeches
- Has received answers to 3 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 82.89% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 32 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 71 people are tracking this MP
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1847 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
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