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Andy McDonald’s voting in Parliament
Andy McDonald is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.
This is a random selection of Andy McDonald’s votes.
Consistently voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 9 votes against, between 2013–2021.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
62 votes for, 12 votes against, 30 absences, between 2013–2022.
Consistently 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, 12 votes against, between 2013–2018.
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, 2 absences, between 2015–2022.
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
3 votes for, 36 votes against, 7 absences, between 2014–2022.
Voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
2 votes for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, between 2013–2016.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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Andy McDonald has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential merits of allowing disabled people who directly employ their own care workers to sponsor care workers from abroad.
Will the Minister give way?
A lot of the remarks made this evening have focused on safety, but section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides workers with the means to contest the adequacy of safety arrangements and withdraw their labour—they can walk away. Given that, can the Minister explain to the Committee which statute would take precedence: the Employment Rights Act 1996 or this Bill?
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Labour MP for Middlesbrough
Entered the House of Commons on 30 November 2012 — Byelection
Topics of interest
Andy McDonald campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department for Transport
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Department for Business
- Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Work and Pensions
- Railways: Franchises
- Heathrow Airport
- Govia Thameslink Railway
- West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise
Currently held offices
- Member, BEIS Sub-Committee on National Security and Investment (since 28 Jun 2022)
- Member, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (since 5 Jan 2022)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights (6 Apr 2020 to 27 Sep 2021)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (27 Jun 2016 to 6 Apr 2020)
- Shadow Minister (Transport) (7 Jan 2016 to 27 Jun 2016)
- Member, Justice Committee (26 Oct 2015 to 13 Jun 2016)
- Member, Justice Committee (10 Dec 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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