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A selection of Roberta Blackman-Woods’s votes
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Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2011–2016.
Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2010–2011.
Generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 12 votes against, 6 absences, between 2012–2018.
Almost always voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
0 votes for, 9 votes against, 3 absences, between 2013–2016.
Generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
2 votes for, 37 votes against, 15 absences, between 2014–2016.
Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2007–2016.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Roberta Blackman-Woods’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Roberta Blackman-Woods’s full vote analysis page for more.
It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton), with whom I worked well when she was a Minister. She has a strong interest in Durham. Although he is not in his place, I wish to pay tribute to the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), who was a brilliant and dedicated Minister, and this House will really feel his loss. I wish at the...
I thank the right hon. Gentleman for those lovely comments. He, too, was a great Minister, especially in education, where I worked closely with him. Most importantly, I want to thank my constituents. Those at my constituency Labour party, like the rest of Durham residents, are wonderful and have been hugely supportive over the years. I hope they all know that I have fought hard to try to...
It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Sir Christopher. I congratulate the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on securing this really important debate. I also thank him for giving me one last opportunity to respond to a debate from Labour’s Front Bench. It is really a pleasure to speak to the importance of recognising the contribution that the Gujarati community...
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Former Labour MP for City of Durham
Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Topics of interest
Roberta Blackman-Woods campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Communities and Local Government
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Ministry of Housing
- Communities and Local Government
- Planning Permission
- Housing: Construction
- Change of Use
- Building Better
- Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning) (12 Jan 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Shadow Minister (International Development) (3 Jul 2017 to 12 Jan 2018)
- Shadow Minister (Housing) (9 Oct 2016 to 3 Jul 2017)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (18 Jul 2016 to 13 Mar 2017)
- Shadow Minister (Housing) (18 Sep 2015 to 27 Jun 2016)
- Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (7 Oct 2011 to 18 Sep 2015)
- Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
- Member, Commons Science and Technology Committee (1 Oct 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- PPS (Rt Hon David Lammy, Minister of State), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (13 Nov 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
- PPS (Rt Hon Des Browne, Secretary of State), Scotland Office (4 Aug 2008 to 29 Sep 2008)
- Member, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee (10 Mar 2008 to 30 Sep 2009)
- Member, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (9 Nov 2007 to 10 Mar 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Des Browne, Secretary of State), Scotland Office (11 Oct 2007 to 25 Oct 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Des Browne, Secretary of State), Scotland Office (26 Jul 2007 to 26 Jul 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Des Browne, Secretary of State), Scotland Office (16 Jul 2007 to 23 Jul 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Des Browne, Secretary of State), Ministry of Defence (28 Jun 2007 to 16 Oct 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong, Minister of State (Cabinet)), Cabinet Office (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Member, Education & Skills Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 17 Jul 2006)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (28 Jun 2005 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (28 Jun 2005 to 6 May 2010)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI
, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for taking part in surveys:
16 July 2019, received £200. Hours: approx. 1 hr. (Registered 18 July 2019)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
From October 2016, a flat in London: (i) and (ii). (Registered 26 October 2016; updated 12 September 2018)
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