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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Phil Woolas’s votes
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Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
2 votes for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, between 1999–2007.
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 2 absences, in 2010.
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
31 votes for, 1 vote against, 11 absences, between 2006–2010.
Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, in 2010.
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, 1 absence, between 2008–2010.
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
10 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 1997–2004.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Phil Woolas’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Phil Woolas’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with private contractors on procedures for escorting illegal immigrants during their removal from the UK.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much capital funding has been allocated to the UK Border Agency for the period from 2010 to 2015.
I thank the Minister for that straightforward answer. On 27 February, he told the House in relation to border control that we would become increasingly dependent on technology. In table A.6 in the spending review document, we see that there is to be a 49% reduction in capital investment in the Home Office's budget. Is he confident that he has the resources to provide the kit needed to...
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Former Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 5 November 2010 — Disqualified
Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Work and Pensions
- Illegal Immigrants
- UK Border Agency: Finance
- Asylum: Children
- Secondary Education: Oldham
Other offices held in the past
- Minister of State (the North West), Home Office (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (also in the Home Office), Home Office (27 Oct 2008 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State (also in the Home Office), HM Treasury (27 Oct 2008 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office (9 Oct 2008 to 27 Oct 2008)
- Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury (9 Oct 2008 to 27 Oct 2008)
- Minister of State, Home Office (6 Oct 2008 to 9 Oct 2008)
- Minister of State, HM Treasury (6 Oct 2008 to 9 Oct 2008)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (15 Jan 2008 to 13 Jan 2009)
- Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Sep 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
- Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Jun 2007 to 28 Sep 2007)
- Member, Speaker's Committee (17 Oct 2006 to 4 Jun 2008)
- Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government (3 Aug 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Minister of State (Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government (8 May 2006 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Minister of State (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (17 Jun 2005 to 8 May 2006)
- Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (11 May 2005 to 17 Jun 2005)
- Parliamentary Secretary (13 Jun 2003 to 11 May 2005)
- Government Whip (29 May 2002 to 13 Jun 2002)
- Assistant Whip (12 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
Future MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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