Eric Joyce

Former Labour MP for Falkirk


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Recent appearances

  • Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate 26 Mar 2015

    Half a century ago Mr Harry Ewing, a predecessor of mine as Member for Falkirk, described Falkirk as an iron town. He meant that in a worldwide sense, I think. The Carron Company was established in 1759 and sat at the forefront of the industrial revolution, and for over two centuries the iron industry defined the Falkirk area, feeding Glasgow’s shipyards and much else besides. Falkirk’s...
  • International Mining Industry 8 Sep 2014

    We go from one important debate on a primary industry—farming—to another. I want to say a few words for the next short while on mining, a subject that gets too little attention in the UK. Like the shipping industry, we rely on mining for pretty much everything we use daily, but it is invisible to most of our constituents and most consumers. We do not mine that much in the UK, although it...
  • Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment 22 Jul 2014

    I have two issues that I will put together as seamlessly as I can. I might not be as seamless as the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr Amess) because I plan to breathe a couple of times. A little while ago, there was an issue in my constituency and the surrounding area involving the Grangemouth refinery. It was a sad story and there was much tumult locally. I will not bore Members with the...

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Former Labour MP for Falkirk

Entered the House of Commons on 21 December 2000 — Byelection

Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election

Also represented Falkirk West

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Topics of interest

  • International Development
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Scotland
  • Defence
  • Northern Ireland
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Channel Tunnel (Rail Freight)
  • Burundi: Agriculture

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) (14 Jul 2011 to 12 Mar 2012)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) (21 Jun 2010 to 18 Nov 2010)
  • PPS (Rt Hon John Hutton, Secretary of State), Ministry of Defence (16 Oct 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
  • PPS (Rt Hon John Hutton, Secretary of State), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (28 Jun 2007 to 16 Oct 2008)
  • PPS (Rt Hon John Hutton, Secretary of State), Department for Work and Pensions (20 Nov 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE, Minister of State), Department of Trade and Industry (8 May 2006 to 20 Nov 2006)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions (10 Nov 2005 to 8 May 2006)
  • PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department of Trade and Industry (2 Nov 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (13 May 2004 to 2 Nov 2004)
  • PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department of Trade and Industry (13 May 2004 to 7 Sep 2004)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 20 Oct 2003)

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.


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