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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:
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.
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.
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...
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...
Labour MP for Gateshead
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Ian Mearns campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC
Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.