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A selection of Mark Simmonds’s votes
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Generally voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 6 absences, between 2013–2014.
Almost always voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2015.
Generally voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 2 absences, in 2013.
Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
7 votes for, 0 votes against, 10 absences, between 2012–2014.
Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2011–2012.
Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
17 votes for, 1 vote against, 4 absences, between 2008–2013.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Mark Simmonds’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Mark Simmonds’s full vote analysis page for more.
It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey), but he will not be surprised to hear that I did not agree with his analysis at all. I gently ask him to reflect on how he will explain to his constituents during the election campaign his party’s plans to reduce the deficit, because we got none of that detail during the shadow Chancellor’s contribution. It is...
We provide a high level of support to families whose loved ones are murdered or on trial abroad, alongside UK police and specialist non-governmental organisations which we part-fund. Support can include providing additional information about local lawyers, accompanying families to meetings and attending trials at key points. We are currently reviewing what additional support is possible and...
I am well aware that the hon. Gentleman has a particularly sensitive case in his constituency, but I can assure him that we look at the individual circumstances of every case and an assessment is made of vulnerability. We use NGOs such as Missing Abroad, which can help secure free or cheap flights. Also, we use NGOs to provide video conferencing facilities to enable loved ones to watch the...
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Former Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
- International Development
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Education and Skills
- Home Department
Other offices held in the past
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (6 Sep 2012 to 11 Aug 2014)
- Shadow Minister (Health) (3 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister (International Development) (10 May 2005 to 3 Jul 2007)
- Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jun 2004 to 10 May 2005)
- Shadow Minister (Education) (1 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2004)
- Shadow Minister (Health) (1 Jun 2003 to 30 Jan 2004)
- Member, Education & Skills Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 8 Dec 2003)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 9 Jan 2003)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, 78 Belgrave Road London SW1V 2BJ; a not for profit organisation stimulating and supporting intra-commonwealth trade. (Registered 9 December 2014)
£5,416 received for providing strategic advice between 20 October and 30 November 2014. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 11 December 2014)
£4,000 received for providing strategic advice between 1 December 2014 and 30 December 2014. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 27 January 2015)
£4,000 received for providing strategic advice between 1 January 2015 and 31 January 2015. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 25 February 2015)
£4,000 received for providing strategic advice between 1 February 2015 and 28 February 2015. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 16 March 2015)
9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Mortlock Simmonds Ltd; chartered surveyors.
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