A selection of Margaret Ritchie's votes
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Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
28 votes for, 5 votes against, 16 absences, between 2012–2017
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
0 votes for, 44 votes against, 10 absences, between 2012–2016
Generally voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
4 votes for, 6 votes against, 15 absences, between 2010–2015
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
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
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, 10 votes against, 7 absences, between 2012–2014
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Tourism is the main catalyst for economic development in South Down, which will have a land border with the EU. How will that burgeoning cross-border tourism trade be nurtured and financially protected in the face of the challenges from Brexit and given that the Republic of Ireland’s VAT rate on tourism is 9% whereas in my constituency it is 20%?
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that these international students add to the scholarly, research and investigative processes undertaken by universities in terms of academic freedom and the richness of our society?
The hon. Lady will be well aware that Northern Ireland, where both education and higher education are devolved, does not have any political authority at the moment due to the lack of political institutions being up and running. That is particularly damaging for us, with Brexit looming, because our universities rely on EU migrants both for their teaching and student populations. Does she agree...
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Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 3 May 2017 — Dissolved for election
Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election
Left the Assembly on 31 March 2012 — Resigned
Topics of interest
Margaret Ritchie campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Northern Ireland
- Energy and Climate Change
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Department of Health
- Aggregates Levy: Northern Ireland
- Hinkley Point C Power Station
- Food: Labelling
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee (14 Oct 2015 to 2 Nov 2016)
- Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (23 Jan 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (6 May 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (6 May 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
Previous MPs in this constituency
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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 103 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs. See all Margaret Ritchie’s speeches
- Has received answers to 74 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 80.73% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 5 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 42 people are tracking this MP
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 228 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
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