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John Barrett

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West

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Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economy 7 Apr 2010

    What his most recent assessment is of the state of the economy in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economy 7 Apr 2010

    The Minister and the Secretary of State will be aware that, in the past two years, 466 Scottish companies have been shut down by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for not paying their bills on time. Currently, many solvent companies in Scotland are being pushed towards liquidation because of HMRC's actions. Will they have a word with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to get him to take the heat...
  • [Mr. Bill Olner in the Chair] — Disability Policy (Economic Downturn) 23 Mar 2010

    One issue that is raised repeatedly by hon. Members on both sides of the House is the inability of parents who care for disabled children to find child care. That makes it difficult for parents to obtain employment, and flexibility from employers is needed. The parent could be able-bodied, but the problems of child care and flexible working arrangements can be a barrier to employment and...

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West

Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election


Topics of interest

  • International Development
  • Work and Pensions
  • Treasury
  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Members: Correspondence
  • Angola
  • Correspondence
  • Burma
  • Tax Credits

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Work and Pensions Minister (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions (6 Mar 2008 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Shadow Minister, International Development (29 Jan 2007 to 21 Jul 2008)
  • Shadow Minister, Scotland (6 Dec 2005 to 5 Jul 2007)
  • Member, International Development Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 17 Apr 2007)
  • Member, International Development Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (International Development), International Development (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)

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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 34 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs. See all John Barrett’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 47 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 66.54% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 37 people are tracking this MP
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 193 times in debates — below average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.

9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) A.B.C. Productions Ltd.; commercial property leasing.

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