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A selection of Parmjit Dhanda’s votes
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Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, between 2003–2007.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
6 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2004.
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
36 votes for, 0 votes against, 6 absences, between 2006–2009.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Parmjit Dhanda’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Parmjit Dhanda’s full vote analysis page for more.
At a time when we need to make savings, is my right hon. Friend aware that Gloucestershire has seven local authorities? There are too many councillors and too many local authorities, so in the run-up to the Budget will he consider allowing us to bring in unitary authorities in places such as Gloucestershire? We could save £16 million a year by reducing the number of authorities from seven to...
I welcome the Prime Minister's statement. The first time I came to know of this was a few years ago when I was a Minister and proposals were worked up by officials to reduce some of the funding for these child migrants. Thankfully, we saw that off. At one stage, I had to tell officials that I would resign rather than allow that to happen, so I welcome the extra funding pledged by the Prime...
It sounds as though some of the changes to the hospital trust in north-east Hertfordshire are similar to those taking place at the Gloucester Royal hospital in my constituency, where four hospital wards are to be closed by 1 April, according to the chief executive of the hospital trust. This significant change is happening without any prior consultation with MPs or those in the local health...
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Former Labour MP for Gloucester
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)
Topics of interest
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Home Department
- Education and Skills
- International Development
- Government E-services
Other offices held in the past
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government (28 Jun 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills (3 Aug 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills (6 Jun 2006 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills (8 May 2006 to 6 Jun 2006)
- Assistant Whip (11 May 2005 to 8 May 2006)
- Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee (11 Jun 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Fees for speeches for Westminster Explained, 4 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7DL. (Up to £5,000)
£150 fee from Understanding Modern Government, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London WC24JF, for one hour seminar to civil servants, voluntary sector groups and charities. Fee donated to charity. (Registered 7 July 2009)
£150 fee from Understanding Modern Government, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London WC24JF, for one hour seminar to civil servants, voluntary sector groups and charities on 8 July 2009. Fee donated to charity. (Registered 21 July 2009)
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