Hilary Benn campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Hilary Benn’s voting in Parliament

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

This is a selection of Hilary Benn’s votes.

  • Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
  • Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
  • Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • European Council 24 Oct 2016

    The Prime Minister is about to embark on a very complex set of negotiations with her European counterparts. Everybody recognises that she will not want to reveal the details of her negotiating hand, but that is very different from setting out her objectives, which I hope will contain a lot more detail than just high-level principles. May I ask the Prime Minister to give the House an...
  • Exiting the European Union: Financial Services 20 Oct 2016

    We look forward to hearing from the Secretary of State once the new Select Committee has been established. May I press him on transitional arrangements, which are absolutely fundamental to the task in hand? He will be only too well aware that uncertainty about our future trading relationships, including for the financial services industry, is the major concern of business. Can he give the...
  • Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: European Patent Office 20 Oct 2016

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government's policy to negotiate to continue participation in the European Patent Office after the UK leaves the EU.

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Labour MP for Leeds Central

Entered the House of Commons on 10 June 1999 — Byelection


Topics of interest

  • Communities and Local Government
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Work and Pensions
  • Written Questions: Government Responses
  • Written Questions
  • Yemen: Military Intervention
  • Housing: Construction
  • Local Government Finance

Currently held offices

  • Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union (since 19 Oct 2016)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (since 19 Oct 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Foreign Secretary (8 May 2015 to 26 Jun 2016)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (7 Oct 2011 to 8 May 2015)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (26 Jan 2011 to 7 Dec 2011)
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (28 Jun 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • The Secretary of State for International Development (6 Oct 2003 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • The Minister of State, Department for International Development (13 May 2003 to 6 Oct 2003)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Minister for Prisons and Probation) (29 May 2002 to 13 May 2003)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (11 Jun 2001 to 28 May 2002)
  • Member, Environment Sub-committee (6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Committee (6 Dec 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 26 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs. See all Hilary Benn’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 236 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 67.45% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 31 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 204 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Hilary Benn’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1121 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Oxfam GB
Address of donor: Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): travel, accommodation and food at a value of £742.09

Destination of visit: Jordan

Date of visit: 25-28 October 2015

Purpose of visit: to assess the situation facing Syrian refugees in Jordan, including visiting the Zaatari refugee camp and meeting Syrian refugees living there and in the host community, to learn about Oxfam’s work in support of refugees, and to hold meetings with UNHCR and the Jordanian Government.

(Registered 05 November 2015)
Name of donor: Forward Thinking
Address of donor: The Griffin Building, 83 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5AR

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): travel, conference and refreshments to the value of £693.41

Destination of visit: Berlin

Date of visit: 9 Dec 2015

Purpose of visit: to attend a meeting of the Helsinki Policy Forum on improving stability in the Middle East.

(Registered 21 December 2015)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Part-owner of house and small nature reserve in Essex: (i). (Updated 24 November 2014)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Sally Clark, as part-time Research/Parliamentary Assistant.

View the history of this MP’s entries in the Register

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