Mr Syd Rapson

Former Labour MP for Portsmouth North

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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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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Digital Switchover 1 Mar 2005

    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she expects to announce the areas of the United Kingdom in which digital switchover will first take place; (2) what criteria will be used in determining the order in which digital switchover will be introduced in the regions; (3) if she will make a statement on her plans to implement a regional roll out of digital switchover.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Vocational Education 24 Feb 2005

    What plans she has to increase the take-up of vocational training in schools and colleges.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Vocational Education 24 Feb 2005

    I, too, welcome the White Paper, which was published this week, especially its promise of new vocational routes to success. I have spent a lifetime encouraging people into engineering. Will the Government give support specifically to women entering into engineering and following that vocational route to success? That would tap an untapped group of people who are central to the country's future.

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Former Labour MP for Portsmouth North

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election


Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Jun 2004)
  • PPS (Team PPS), Ministry of Defence (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

6. Overseas visits
8-12 October 2004, to Cyprus to participate in the annual Morphou Rally. My travel and accommodation were paid by the Mayor of Morphou. (Registered 1 November 2004)
9-12 March 2005, to Cape Canaveral, USA, to attend the launch of Inmarsat 4 Communications Satellite. My travel and hotel costs were paid by EADS Space, which controls Astrium which is situated in my constituency. (Registered 14 March 2005)

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