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A selection of David Cairns’s votes
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Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
39 votes for, 0 votes against, 9 absences, between 2006–2011.
Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 absence, between 2008–2011.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
Voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Almost always voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 8 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2011.
Consistently voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, between 2003–2007.
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if the Government will allocate part of the budget for the 2011 Census awareness campaign to advertising through community radio stations.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of the Iranian nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to consult on the draft of his Department's forthcoming sexual health strategy.
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Former Labour MP for Inverclyde
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 9 May 2011 — Died
Also represented Greenock and Inverclyde
Topics of interest
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- International Development
- Work and Pensions
- Culture Media and Sport
- Libraries and Archives Council
- Middle East: Peace Negotiations
- Middle East: International Assistance
- Palestinians: Overseas Aid
Other offices held in the past
- Minister of State, Scotland Office (28 Jun 2007 to 17 Sep 2008)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Scotland Office (9 May 2007 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office (10 May 2006 to 9 May 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office (10 May 2006 to 9 May 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Scotland Office (17 May 2005 to 10 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Scotland Office (13 May 2005 to 16 May 2005)
- Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Jun 2004)
- PPS (Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 3 May 2011.
6. Overseas visits
Address of donor: Carlton House
, 27iA Carlton Drive, London SW15 2BS
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £876, covering international flights, accommodation, visa, transport and subsistence.
Date of visit: 14-24 September 2010
Purpose of visit: to participate in VSO
’s Parliamentarian Volunteering Scheme
(Registered 13 December 2010)
Address of donor: IAVI, Herengracht 208, 1016 BS
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £1,860.32
Destination of visit: Kenya and Uganda
Date of visit: 10-14 January 2011
Purpose of visit: to visit field-trials for potential AIDS vaccines being carried out by IAVI, and meet with AIDS campaigners in both countries.
(Registered 25 January 2011)
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