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A selection of John Woodcock's votes
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Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2017
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, between 2011–2016
Generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
2 votes for, 36 votes against, 16 absences, between 2014–2016
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
Voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2016
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
2 votes for, 14 votes against, 10 absences, between 2010–2019
We have lots more plain English analysis of John Woodcock’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit John Woodcock’s full vote analysis page for more.
What a privilege it is to follow that heartfelt speech. It is also a coincidence, because, as the majority of the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) has gone up at every successive election, mine has gone down. [Laughter.] In 2010, when I first came into the House, we achieved the lowest swing away from Labour in the entire country. In the most recent general...
What assessment he has made of the effect on the work of the Global Coalition against Daesh of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Heartfelt congratulations, Mr Speaker. Will the Foreign Secretary comment on the report overnight of the capture of the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in north-west Syria? Does not this, and the death of the Daesh leader itself, underline the importance of our international alliances to keep British citizens and our communities safe from the threat of terror?
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Former Independent MP for Barrow and Furness
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Party was Labour until 30 Mar 2015; Labour/Co-operative until 29 Apr 2018
Topics of interest
John Woodcock campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Work and Pensions
- Communities and Local Government
- Freedom of Information
- Public Appointments
- Senior Civil Servants
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (5 Feb 2018 to 8 May 2019)
- Shadow Minister (Education) (8 May 2015 to 18 Sep 2015)
- Member, Defence Committee (25 Nov 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Shadow Minister (Transport) (8 Oct 2010 to 11 Jan 2013)
- Member, Defence Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)
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Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
Name of donor: Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Address of donor: Level 2
, 40 Macquarie Barton, ACT
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Travel and accommodation with a value of £5,501.09
Destination of visit: Canberra and Sydney
Dates of visit: 4-11 October 2018
Purpose of visit: To participate in the Australia-United Kingdom Defence and Industry 1.5 Track Dialogue.
(Registered 07 November 2018)
Name of donor: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: PO
Box 55937, Riyadh 11544
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): return flight London to Riyadh costing £6,484.22; internal flight Riyadh to Dammam costing £562.80; two nights in hotel in Riyadh costing £1,030; total value £8,077.02
Destination of visit: Riyadh and Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia
Dates of visit: 22-25 September 2019
Purpose of visit: Parliamentary fact finding visit to Saudi Aramco
facilities targeted in 14 September 2019 attack and receiving briefings on latest regional situation.
(Registered 14 October 2019)
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