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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of David Heath’s votes
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Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010.
Almost always voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
9 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2010–2013.
Generally voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
7 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2013–2014.
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013.
Almost always voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
10 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2012.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
7 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 1999–2012.
We have lots more plain English analysis of David Heath’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit David Heath’s full vote analysis page for more.
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 this...
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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 (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 (16 Jul 2001 to 10 Nov 2003)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2003)
- 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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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
From 21 January 2015, Member of the Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, 2nd Floor, 24 Martin Lane, London EC4R 0DR. Annual salary of £12,500 for an expected time commitment of at least 20 days per year. (Registered 23 January 2015)
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