Richard Arkless

MP, Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway Scottish National Party

Richard Arkless’s voting in Parliament

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Last updated: 22 Feb 2017

Recent appearances

  • Prisons and Courts Bill 20 Mar 2017

    I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests: I am a non-practising solicitor, qualified in England and Wales, and in Scotland. I start by paying tribute to the people on the frontline of what some describe as a prison crisis—that is perhaps not the terminology that I would use in front of the Lord Chancellor. Our frontline prison officers have had...
  • Prisons and Courts Bill 20 Mar 2017

    I was not aware of that, but it seems like my friend the hon. Member for Bridgend and her constituency team are running that prison, not G4S. I doubt whether such enlightened and progressive policies would have come from the G4S boardroom; they are much more likely to have come from the hon. Lady. I do not seek to be contentious, though, and if that is the case, I stand to be corrected. I...
  • Prisons and Courts Bill 20 Mar 2017

    It is not for me to reconsider my party’s position; I am merely a foot soldier of my party’s movement. However, I will say that we will be led by the evidence. If the evidence from any future inquiry into public and private prisons gives me a different impression, I will of course be led by the evidence, not the politics, which the hon. Gentleman is clearly being led by.

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Scottish National Party MP for Dumfries and Galloway

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

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Topics of interest

Richard Arkless campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department for Culture
  • Media and Sport
  • Department for Business
  • Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Home Office
  • Free Movement of People
  • Radioactive Waste: Dumfries and Galloway
  • Broadband
  • Free Movement of People: Voluntary Work
  • Dogs: Smuggling

Currently held offices

  • Member, Justice Committee (since 6 Jul 2015)

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  • Has spoken in 56 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs. See all Richard Arkless’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 51 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 60.66% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 0 annotations on this MP’s speeches — below average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 65 times in debates — below average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Mar 2017.

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
One house in Broxburn, West Lothian: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
One Flat in Glasgow, Strathclyde: (i) and (ii). (Registered 05 June 2015)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Led Warehouse Ltd, online lighting retailer. (Registered 05 June 2015)
8. Miscellaneous
I am a non practising Solicitor, qualified in Scotland, England and Wales. (Registered 05 June 2015)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife, Anne Elizabeth Arkless, as part-time Personal Assistant. (Registered 05 June 2015)

View the history of this MP’s entries in the Register

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