James Brokenshire

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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Old Bexley and Sidcup Conservative

Powers of Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the extent of powers devolved to local government on a range of matters from planning to the regulation of street trading.

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James Brokenshire generally voted against more powers for local councils

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 19 Jul 2010: James Brokenshire voted to enable more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: James Brokenshire voted to enable more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: James Brokenshire voted to enable more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: James Brokenshire voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: James Brokenshire voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Declines Second Reading Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Localism Bill (Money) Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: James Brokenshire voted to allow the establishment of free schools, to abolish a range of teaching related bodies, to allow student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and to allow teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: James Brokenshire voted to recommend publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: James Brokenshire voted to empower local government officials, as well as police officers, to direct that prohibited activity in Parliament Square must either cease, or not start. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: James Brokenshire voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Education Bill — Clause 34 — Role of Local Authority in Implementation of Decisions by School Admissions Adjudicator Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: James Brokenshire voted t to limit the power of the Secretary of State to repeal laws considered to detract from the general power of competence for local authorities. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Schedule 2 — Power for Secretary of State to Impose Change to Mayor and Cabinet Executive Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: James Brokenshire voted against making specific planning permission be required for betting shops rather than allowing any premises with permission for use for financial and professional services to become a betting shop. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: James Brokenshire voted against only allowing the Mayor of London to designate a Mayoral development area if the majority of councils covering the area agree to the designation. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: James Brokenshire voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: James Brokenshire voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: James Brokenshire voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 1 — Local Retention of Business Rates Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Spending on Council tax Reduction Schemes Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: James Brokenshire voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: James Brokenshire voted for an option to make planning applications directly to the Secretary of State in areas where the local planning authority is deemed to be performing poorly. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Regulation of the Private Rented Sector Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: James Brokenshire voted against giving local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: James Brokenshire voted against giving more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: James Brokenshire voted against a proposal to only allow the Secretary of State to issue a direction to a local council relating to compliance with the code of practice on local authority publicity where evidence of a breach of a code has been sent to the authority and, if the authority has replied, that a report from the Secretary of State in light of that reply has been published. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: James Brokenshire voted against boosting housing supply by reforming the development industry; against measures to tackle landbanking; against a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and against giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: James Brokenshire voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: James Brokenshire voted against giving local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: James Brokenshire voted against local government having powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: James Brokenshire was absent for a vote on Infrastructure Bill — Safeguards and Conditions for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (Fracking) Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: James Brokenshire voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is "necessary" rather than merely "desirable" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: James Brokenshire voted in favour of allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and to enable councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: James Brokenshire voted to allow the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: James Brokenshire voted against requiring the consent of the devolved administrations and local government before applying new regulations on trade union activity within their areas of responsibility. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: James Brokenshire voted to give local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: James Brokenshire voted in favour of turning all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies, shifting control over them from local councils to central government. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: James Brokenshire voted for central Government, rather than local councils, to determine how many starter homes to be sold to first time buyers at a discount are to be required to be provided in new residential developments. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: James Brokenshire voted against requiring the local retention of funds from selling high value council homes where there is a local need for social housing. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: James Brokenshire voted to require local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: James Brokenshire voted not to exempt local councils from having to require discounted starter homes on certain new developments if they provide affordable home ownership via other routes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: James Brokenshire voted against giving local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: James Brokenshire voted against making the demolition or change of use of pubs or other drinking establishments subject to planning permission. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: James Brokenshire voted to give a Secretary of State the power to ban certain types of planning condition in England. Show vote

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