Ian Mearns

Labour MP for Gateshead

@IanMearnsMP

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Ian Mearns’s voting in Parliament

Ian Mearns is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Ian Mearns sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Ian Mearns generally voted for greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas, while most Labour MPs generally voted against. Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Ian Mearns’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Ian Mearns’s full vote analysis page for more.

Ian Mearns has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education 22 Jul 2020

    To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle the issue identified in his speech to the Social Market Foundation of 9 July 2020 that participation in undergraduate part-time study in higher education has fallen significantly.
  • Business of the House 16 Jul 2020

    I thank the Leader of the House for his response to my letter, although I am afraid to say that I was a little disappointed with his attitude towards not protecting the time for the estimates day debates. The Backbench Business Committee has 30 unaired debates on our waiting list. They range across a number of subjects, including very important ones such as redundancies in, and the future...
  • Business of the House 9 Jul 2020

    Given that we have another scheduled general debate in Government time next Thursday, can I again appeal to the Leader of the House for time for Backbench Business Committee debates? I know that these are exceptional circumstances, but we have had only one day and 90 minutes’ worth of debate since the general election. This week, there are two days of estimates debates, and although the...

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Labour MP for Gateshead

Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election

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Topics of interest

Ian Mearns campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Education
  • Department for Transport
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Education
  • Work and Pensions
  • Departmental Public Expenditure
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Schools: Vocational Guidance
  • Ministerial Policy Advisers
  • Tonnage Tax

Currently held offices

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (since 20 May 2020)
  • Member, Education Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (since 27 Jan 2020)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (since 27 Jan 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 12 May 2016)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 14 May 2014)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 25 Apr 2013)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 1 May 2012)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 12 May 2016)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (27 Jan 2020 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Liaison Committee Sub-committee on the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system (13 Feb 2019 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (6 Nov 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Education Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (12 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (24 May 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (24 May 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee (25 Nov 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (10 Sep 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Education Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (18 Jun 2015 to 12 May 2016)
  • Chair, Backbench Business Committee (18 Jun 2015 to 12 May 2016)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (30 Jun 2014 to 27 Jan 2020)
  • Member, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons) Committee (29 Apr 2014 to 7 Jul 2015)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (10 Jun 2013 to 27 Jan 2020)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (12 Jun 2012 to 27 Jan 2020)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (8 Nov 2010 to 27 Jan 2020)
  • Member, Education Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Unite the Union
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 paid to the Labour Party

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 10 January 2020)
Name of donor: RMT
Address of donor: Unity House, 39 Charlton Street, London, NW11JD

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £8,000, paid to my constituency party

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 10 January 2020)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union
Address of donor: Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Administration and coordination of the Bakers' Union Parliamentary Group, which I chair, provided by Solidarity Consulting Ltd (previously Union Services Parliamentary Consultancy), at a value of £16,671 from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019

Date received: 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019

Date accepted: 1 September 2018

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 13 November 2018; updated 05 February 2019)
Name of donor: Rail, Maritime and Transport Union
Address of donor: Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Administration and coordination of the RMT Parliamentary Group, which I chair, provided by Solidarity Consulting Ltd (previously Union Services Parliamentary Consultancy), at a value of £17,139 from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019

Date received: 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019

Date accepted: 1 December 2018

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 03 December 2018; updated 05 February 2019)
Name of donor: Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union
Address of donor: Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Administration and coordination of the Bakers' Union Parliamentary Group, which I chair, provided by Solidarity Consulting Ltd, at a value of £16,305.60 from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020

Date received: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020

Date accepted: 1 September 2019

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 28 February 2020)
Name of donor: Rail, Maritime and Transport Union
Address of donor: Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Administration and coordination of the RMT Parliamentary Group, which I chair, provided by Solidarity Consulting Ltd, at a value of £17,482 from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020

Date received: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020

Date accepted: 1 January 2020

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 28 February 2020)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Unite the Union
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: hotel accommodation for 5 nights at Labour Party conference, value £1,100

Date received: 20-25 September 2019

Date accepted: 20 September 2019

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 30 October 2019)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Part share in two houses in Gateshead: (i) (Registered 19 April 2013; updated 20 October 2016)

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