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:

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Ian Mearns has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Business of the House 15 Apr 2021

    I thank the Leader of the House for the business statement and for announcing the Backbench business for next Thursday, 22 April. I also associate myself with the comments about Dame Cheryl Gillan, who among many other things was a regular customer at the Backbench Business Committee and an excellent chair of the all-party parliamentary group on autism. Will the Leader of the House do...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Care Homes 15 Apr 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on care home visiting during the covid-19 outbreak of the restriction by some private sector care homes of visits to residents by friends and families despite guidance from his Department that visits are permitted; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that...
  • Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Gyms 15 Apr 2021

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of gym and fitness facilities as a result of the covid-19 restrictions on (a) physical and (b) mental public health.

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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

  • Department for Transport
  • Education
  • Department for Education
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Railways: Coronavirus
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Departmental Public Expenditure
  • Schools: Vocational Guidance
  • 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: 12 Apr 2021.

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, 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)
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 2021

Date received: 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021

Date accepted: 1 September 2020

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 22 January 2021)
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 2021 to 31 December 2021

Date received: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Date accepted: 1 January 2021

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 22 January 2021)
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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