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Chris Ruane

Shadow Minister (Wales)

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Vale of Clwyd Labour

Chris Ruane’s voting in Parliament

Chris Ruane is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Chris Ruane sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Chris Ruane generally voted for reducing capital gains tax, while most Labour MPs generally voted against. Show votes
  • Chris Ruane voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Chris Ruane’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Chris Ruane’s full vote analysis page for more.

Chris Ruane has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 13 Jun 2018

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions 16 Jul 2018

    In 2016, my constituent’s son Lee Bennison was killed when a motorist collided with his motorbike. The motorist was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. Only days earlier, he had been stopped by police and had undergone blood and urine tests. The results of such tests take three weeks to come back from the lab. If roadside evidential testing for drugs had been available,...
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling 16 Jul 2018

    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the cost of recycling borne by (a) manufacturers and producers and (b) consumers.
  • Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill 9 Jul 2018

    Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a lack of accountability? When the Assembly was not sitting in 2006, we in this place were allowed to ask written questions on a whole range of issues. Today, however, when I try to table such questions, the answer I get is, “You’re not allowed to ask this question.”

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Labour MP for Vale of Clwyd

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


Topics of interest

  • Health
  • Work and Pensions
  • Cabinet Office
  • Home Department
  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Electoral Register
  • Written Questions
  • Departmental Responsibilities
  • Third Sector
  • Human Trafficking

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Minister (Wales) (since 3 Jul 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (20 Jan 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (4 Feb 2013 to 4 Nov 2013)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (7 Oct 2011 to 11 Jan 2013)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (7 Dec 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (7 Dec 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (16 Oct 2008 to 30 Dec 2008)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government (7 Feb 2008 to 16 Oct 2008)
  • PPS (Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government (29 Jan 2008 to 7 Feb 2008)
  • Member, Crossrail Bill Committee (14 Nov 2007 to 18 Nov 2007)
  • PPS (Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions (25 Oct 2007 to 29 Jan 2008)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office (10 Nov 2005 to 15 Mar 2007)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (18 Jan 1999 to 16 Dec 2002)

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  • Has spoken in 38 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs. See all Chris Ruane’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 647 written questions in the last year — well above 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 80.85% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 7 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 15–16 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 91 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Chris Ruane’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 313 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 2 Jul 2018.

1. Employment and earnings
17 July 2017, received £8,000 from the Mindfulness Initiative, a registered charity hosted by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, POWIC Building, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, for consultancy undertaken before my re-election as an MP. Hours: none since my re-election. (Registered 08 August 2017)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Aarhus University
Address of donor: Danish Center for Mindfulness, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Nordre, Ringgade 4, 8000 Aarhus

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Travel and accommodation with a value of £732

Destination of visit: Aarhus, Denmark

Dates of visit: 21-24 September 2017

Purpose of visit: Guest speaker at a mental health conference at Aarhus University.

(Registered 18 October 2017)
Name of donor: Associacao Calm Mind
Address of donor: Rua da Fonte, 1*, 6110-101 Vila de Rei, Portugal

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights and accommodation with a value of £460

Destination of visit: Carcavelos, Portugal

Dates of visit: 16 - 20 November 2017

Purpose of visit: Guest speaker at Mindfulness in Education Conference.

(Registered 13 December 2017)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Flat in Portugal, co-owned with my wife: (i). (Registered 29 June 2017)

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