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- 11th May to 2nd June 2020
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Stephen Hesford’s votes
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Consistently voted for more EU integration Show votes
40 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2006–2009.
Almost always voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 1999–2007.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, 4 absences, between 2003–2007.
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
5 votes for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, in 2004.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Stephen Hesford’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Stephen Hesford’s full vote analysis page for more.
I do not mind not being mentioned in the hon. Lady's tour d'horizon of hon. Members' speeches. My speech clearly did not have any effect on her, and that is a matter for her; I can take it. However, I asked her a question-
Last week, the hon. Member for Reigate (Mr. Blunt) said in terms, in a Delegated Legislation Committee, that the Conservative party positively supported minimum pricing, and that that was itsr policy. There was an exchange about that, and he was absolutely clear. In my speech, I asked the hon. Lady to clarify whether that is the Conservative position, and I think that it would help this...
Tesco is in favour of minimum pricing. I do not think there could be a better illustration of the point that my hon. Friend is about to make.
More of Stephen Hesford’s recent appearances
Former Labour MP for Wirral West
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
- Home Department
- Education and Skills
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Schools and Families
- Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
- Equal Pay
- Flexible Working
- Public Libraries
- Class Sizes: Wirral
Other offices held in the past
- PPS (Rt Hon David Hanson, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice (30 Dec 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
- PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Attorney General's Office (10 Dec 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
- PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers (27 Nov 2008 to 27 Nov 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice (11 Nov 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
- PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (16 Oct 2008 to 10 Dec 2008)
- PPS (Vera Baird, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (4 Aug 2008 to 16 Oct 2008)
- PPS (Mr Michael Wills, Minister of State), Ministry of Justice (7 Feb 2008 to 11 Nov 2008)
- Member, Health Committee (27 Nov 2007 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (14 Nov 2007 to 21 Aug 2008)
- PPS (Vera Baird QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (7 Nov 2007 to 4 Aug 2008)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (7 Nov 2007 to 9 Nov 2007)
- PPS (Vera Baird, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (28 Jun 2007 to 7 Nov 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Baroness Amos), Leader of the House of Lords (17 Aug 2006 to 6 Sep 2006)
- Member, Draft Legal ServicesBill (Joint Committee) (3 Aug 2006 to 27 Apr 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Baroness Amos, President of the Council), Privy Council Office (10 Nov 2005 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Member, Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Jun 2004)
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