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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Peter Tapsell’s votes
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Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2015.
Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
25 votes for, 0 votes against, 6 absences, between 2012–2015.
Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
3 votes for, 7 votes against, 4 absences, between 1998–2012.
Generally voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 4 absences, between 2010–2013.
Consistently voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2013–2014.
Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
10 votes for, 0 votes against, 7 absences, between 2012–2014.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Peter Tapsell’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Peter Tapsell’s full vote analysis page for more.
May I assure my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.]
May I assure my right hon. Friend that I am not a paid trade union official but I fear that if Members of the House are not allowed a second job, membership of it will soon be largely confined to the inheritors of substantial fortunes or to those with rich spouses, or to obsessive crackpots or those who are unemployable anywhere else?
May I put it to the Prime Minister that from President Monroe onwards it has been generally acknowledged by leaders of great powers that, for the avoidance of war, it is often wise to acknowledge the concept of traditional spheres of authority and power; and that although Ukraine is of absolutely no significant strategic importance to Britain, Greece most certainly is; and that unless western...
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Former Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle
Entered the House of Commons on 8 October 1959 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election
Also represented Linsey East; Horncastle; Nottingham West
Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Work and Pensions
- Prime Minister
- Crimes of Violence: Lincolnshire
- Pension Schemes
- Army: Afghanistan
Other offices held in the past
- Father of the House of Commons (6 May 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) (14 Nov 2002 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 1977 to 1 Jun 1978)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jun 1976 to 1 Jun 1977)
Future MPs in this constituency
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Bi-annual fee payment of £15,000. Hours: 60 hrs over a six-month period. (Registered 3 April 2014)
Bi-annual fee payment of £15,000. Hours: 60 hrs over a six-month period. (Registered 17 September 2014)
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