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A selection of Desmond Turner’s votes
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Generally voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 6 votes against, between 2003–2007.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Consistently voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, in 2007.
Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
8 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 1997–2004.
Consistently voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2004–2010.
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
23 votes for, 1 vote against, 18 absences, between 2006–2009.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Desmond Turner’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Desmond Turner’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he or his officials last met representatives of the recycling industry to discuss local authorities' performance against recycling targets.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much waste was recycled in each (a) district council, (b) borough council, (c) unitary authority and (d) other local authority area in the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much waste was recycled in each (a) district council, (b)...
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recycling industry can contribute towards meeting Courtauld II recycling targets in local authority areas; and if he will make a statement.
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Former Labour MP for Brighton, Kemptown
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
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Work and Pensions
- Home Department
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Medical Technologies
- National Grid
- Medical Equipment: Finance
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Commons Science and Technology Committee (7 Oct 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (20 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee (18 Apr 2008 to 7 Oct 2009)
- Member, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (7 Nov 2007 to 18 Apr 2008)
- Member, Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee) (27 Apr 2007 to 3 Jun 2008)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (20 Jul 2005 to 20 Aug 2008)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Jun 2004)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
6. Overseas visits
22-24 March 2009, to Taiwan to attend a conference as an invited speaker
at the invitation of the Asian Strategic Alliance against Pneumococcal Disease (ASAP
). Flights, accommodation and transfers were paid for by the ASAP. (Registered 14 May 2009)
Address of donor: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £2,342.39
Date of visit: 29 October to 2 November 2009
Purpose of visit: to speak at a seminar being held in connection with the first World Pneumonia Day
(Registered 10 February 2010)
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