Teresa Pearce is a British Labour Party politician, the Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead since 2010, appointed as a Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning in September 2015. In the reshuffle of October 2016, Pearce was appointed as acting Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, standing down after the 2017 general election to concentrate on her constituency. Teresa Pearce was born in Southport, but was educated at the St Thomas More School in Eltham, London. For ten years prior to her election, she was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she is a former Bexley councillor. Pearce was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead in the 2010 general election with a majority of 5,703. In her maiden speech she stated her pride in the Labour Party's track record on Sure Start, the future jobs fund and the national minimum wage. In 2015, she was re-elected with an increased majority of 9,525, gaining just under 50% of the vote.
In Parliament, Pearce served on a number of Select Committees between 2010 and 2015, sitting on both the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Treasury Select Committee. Pearce shortly served on the Public Accounts Committee before she was appointed to serve as Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning in September 2015, she was appointed as the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the October 2016 reshuffle, but it was announced she intends to stand down from the post after the May 2017 local elections. Pearce was re-elected in the general election 2017, with an increased majority of 10,014, gaining over 57% of the vote. In 2019 she voted against a no deal Brexit. Pearce has two adult daughters, she had her first daughter when she was 18 and said she knows from experience what it is like to be "written off" as a teenage mother. She has 5 grandchildren. Teresa Pearce website Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
Andrew Iain Lewer is a British Conservative Party politician. Elected as the Member of Parliament for Northampton South in the 2017 general election, he served as Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands from 2014 to 2017. Lewer was born 18 July 1971 in Burnley, Lancashire, he attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Ashbourne, Derbyshire before studying History at Newcastle University. He entered into a career in publishing. Living in Derbyshire, he was elected as a Conservative Party Councillor to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the Ashbourne South ward in 2003 and to Derbyshire County Council for the Ashbourne division in 2005, he became Group Leader in 2007. The Conservatives took control of Derbyshire County Council in 2009, for the first time in 28 years, making Lewer the youngest county council leader in the country at the time; as Leader of the County Council, he became Chairman of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site committee, the founding Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board and a founding director of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - D2N2.
Although he was re-elected as a councillor, in the 2013 elections Labour regained control of Derbyshire County Council and Lewer lost his position as Council Leader. He was awarded an MBE for services to local government in 2014 by the Conservative Government. Lewer was elected to the European Parliament representing the East Midlands in 2014, replacing the former Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who had defected to UKIP. Lewer was appointed to the Regional Development Committee and the Culture Committee as spokesperson for the European Conservative and Reformists Group in 2014. In May 2017, Lewer was selected to run as the new Conservative Party candidate for the Northampton South parliamentary constituency after the sitting Conservative MP David Mackintosh stood down in the face of a police investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding a controversial loan he had approved in his former role as the leader of the local council. Lewer was on his way to Brussels when he took a call informing him he was shortlisted, had to turn around to get back in time for the meeting.
Although not from Northampton, Lewer represented Northamptonshire within his East Midlands region as an MEP. Lewer was subsequently elected Member of Parliament for Northampton South in the 2017 general election. Following his election win, he stood down as an MEP and was replaced in that role by former author Rupert Matthews. Following the Windrush scandal, Lewer pledged to help a local constituent, Joe Robinson, by raising attention to his case with the new Home Secretary, he voted against releasing Government documents detailing how the scandal had developed. In March 2018, Lewer was criticised by local campaigners over cuts to library services in Northampton. Criticism followed the announcement that 21 book-lending services were at risk of closure in Northamptonshire, after the Conservative run County Council cut £40 million from its budget. Lewer responded that he had been far from silent on the issue and that he had been a long standing critic of the leadership of the Council. In February 2018, following the announcement that Northamptonshire County Council had brought in a "section 114" notice, putting it in special measures following a crises in its finances, Lewer was one of seven local MPs who released a statement arguing that the problems with the authority were down to mismanagement from the Conservative councillors who led it rather than funding cuts from the Conservative Government.
They further argued that government commissioners should take over the running of the Council. In August 2018, Lewer broke ranks with the other MPs and said that while mismanagement had fuelled the Northamptonshire crisis, the council was a victim of underlying financial pressures affecting all local authorities with social care responsibilities. In Parliament, he serves on the European Scrutiny Committee and the Housing and Local Government Committee, he is a member of the European Research Group – the primary Eurosceptic lobbying group within Parliament, chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Lewer is married and has a young son, he is an honorary Alderman of the county of Derbyshire, where he was based before being elected as an MP. He is employed part-time as a consultant to a property development company based in Derbyshire. Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
Clive James Charles Betts is a British Labour Party politician and former economist, the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe from 1992 to 2010, when he became Member of Parliament for Sheffield South East. Betts was born on 13 January 1950 in Sheffield, he was state educated at the Longley School in Sheffield, King Edward VII School and Pembroke College, where he received a BA in Economics and Politics. He joined the Trades Union Congress in 1971 as an economist. In 1973 he was appointed as an economist with Derbyshire County Council, moved to the South Yorkshire County Council in 1974. In October 1974 he unsuccessfully stood for election to the House of Commons as the Labour Party candidate in the safe Conservative seat of Sheffield Hallam, being defeated by the incumbent John Osborn. At the subsequent general election he unsuccessfully fought the safe Conservative seat of Louth, being defeated by the incumbent Michael Brotherton, he unsuccessfully stood as the Labour Party candidate in the Burngreave ward of Sheffield City Council in 1975 but was subsequently elected in the Firth Park ward the following year.
He was the Council's deputy leader under Roy Thwaites for a year in 1986, succeeded Thwaites as the council leader that year. He left the council on his election to Westminster. In 1986 he was appointed as an economist with Rotherham Borough Council, he was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Sheffield Attercliffe following the retirement of the veteran Labour MP Patrick Duffy. At the 1992 general election, Betts was elected with a large majority, made his maiden speech on 6 May 1992. Betts was made an opposition whip under Tony Blair in 1996, after the 1997 general election, he entered the government as an Assistant Whip, he was promoted in 1998 to full Whip, with the title of Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, but like the majority of whips at that time was dropped from the government after the 2001 general election. Since 10 June 2010 he has been Chairman of the Communities and Local Government Committee, on 19 June 2015 was returned unopposed as its chairman. Elsewhere, Betts serves on the Finance Committee, Panel of Chairs, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee and Liaison Committee.
He has served on the Treasury & Civil Service Committee, Treasury Committee, Committee of Selection, Local Government & The Regions Committee, Urban Affairs Sub-Committee and the Humber Regional Select Committee, Committee on Reform of the House of Commons, Liaison Committee and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Select Committee. In 2003, Betts was suspended from the House of Commons for seven days for irregularities involving the employment and visa of Jose Gasparo, a Brazilian student with previous experience as a male escort; the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on 10 July 2010 that Betts' partner and parliamentary assistant, James Thomas, had tried to edit this fact from Betts' English Wikipedia page in an attempt to cover it up. Betts was found guilty of breaching the MPs' code of conduct, with the Standards and Privileges Committee stating that he had acted "extremely foolishly" and had risked damaging public confidence in the integrity of Parliament. Particular concerns involved Betts' failure to disclose Gasparo's background to Parliamentary authorities and the fact that Betts had knowingly photocopied an altered document on Gasparo's behalf.
Betts gave an "unreserved apology" in a personal statement to MPs. In 2003, Betts was subject to criticism for his accommodation expenses after he had campaigned for an increase in MPs' entitlements on the ground of "hardship", it was reported by The Times that Betts had "flipped" his designated second home to Yorkshire before buying a'country estate' there, before "flipping it" back to London and taking out a larger mortgage on his flat there. Betts denied wrongdoing, arguing the Yorkshire property had been'two dilapidated listed buildings' and that when he became a whip he had to declare his main residence as his London flat. In 2004, he was criticised by the British Medical Association for going to Portugal with 15 fellow MPs on an all-expenses trip paid for by the fast food chain McDonald's. Betts responded that if MPs had a "puritanical" attitude about food people would ignore what they said, he faced further criticism in 2010 after it was reported that he was one of eight MPs who were renting out a'second home' in London whilst claiming for the cost of renting a'third home' in the city at taxpayers' expense.
Although legal, critics argued the'loophole' was allowing MPs to increase their income after the rules on parliamentary expenses were tightened. Betts employs his partner as his Senior Parliamentary Assistant on a salary up to £45,000, he was listed in articles in The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian which criticised the practice of MPs employing family members, on the lines that it promotes nepotism. Although MPs who were first elected in 2017 have been banned from employing family members, the restriction is not retrospective - meaning that Betts' employment of his partner is lawful. Betts backed remain in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016. Betts lives in a farmhouse on the Derbyshire border with his partner James Thomas, employed as his parliamentary assistant, he plays cricket and supports Sheffield Wednesday F. C. Clive Betts MP official site Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005 Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record Article
Matthew Raymond Western is a British Labour Party politician, the Member of Parliament for Warwick & Leamington since the snap 2017 general election. Western was educated in St Albans and graduated with a BSc degree in Geography from the University of Bristol in 1984. Prior to entering politics, Western worked in General Management, he works as a volunteer careers mentor at Campion School. He was elected to Warwickshire County Council's Leamington Willes Division in 2013, was re-elected for a second term in May 2017. Western lives in Leamington with his partner Rebecca Earle, a history professor at Warwick University, he supports Arsenal F. C.. Matt Western – Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Warwick and Leamington Matt Western – Twitter page Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
Select committee (United Kingdom)
In British politics, parliamentary select committees can be appointed from the House of Commons, like the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, from the House of Lords, like the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, or as a "Joint Committee of Parliament" drawn from both, such as the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Committees may exist as "sessional" committees – i.e. be near-permanent – or as "ad-hoc" committees with a specific deadline by which to complete their work, after which they cease to exist, such as the Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change. The Commons select committees are responsible for overseeing the work of government departments and agencies, whereas those of the Lords look at general issues, such as the constitution, considered by the Constitution Committee, or the economy, considered by the Economic Affairs Committee. Both houses have their own committees to review drafts of European Union directives: the European Union Committee in the House of Lords, the European Scrutiny Committee in the House of Commons.
The Intelligence and Security Committee is not a select committee, though it contains members from both houses. It is a unique committee of parliamentarians nominated by the Prime Minister and reporting to him or her, not Parliament. In the United Kingdom, departmental select committees came into being in 1979, following the recommendations of a Procedure Select Committee, set up in 1976, which reported in 1978, it recommended the appointment of a series of select committees covering all the main departments of state, with wide terms of reference, with power to appoint specialist advisers as the committees deemed appropriate. It suggested that committee members should be selected independently of the party whips, as chosen by the Select Committee of Selection; the fourteen new committees began working in 1980. The chairs of select committees have been elected by the house as a whole since June 2010: before that members were appointed by their parties and chairs voted on by those members. There are select committees of the Commons that are tasked with the detailed analysis of individual Bills.
Most Bills are referred, since the 2006–7 session, to public bill committees, before that, there were Standing Committees. In July 2005, the Administration Select Committee was instituted, replacing the five Domestic Committees, responsible for the consideration of services provided for the House in the Palace of Westminster from 1991 to 2005, it deals with issues as diverse as catering services, the House of Commons Library, computer provision, visitor services. The House of Lords has a set of five major select committees: The European Union Committee, which has six sub-committees The Constitution Committee The Economic Affairs Committee The Science and Technology Committee The Communications Select CommitteeThese committees run inquiries into topics within their remit, issuing reports from time to time; the European Union Committee scrutinises EU legislation and other EU proposals, as well as conducting inquiries. Some English local authorities have a select committee system, as part of their Overview and Scrutiny arrangements.
The Osmotherly Rules set out guidance on how civil servants should respond to parliamentary select committees. Parliamentary Committees of the United Kingdom Committees UK Parliament Select Committee of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong Democracywiki Unlock Democracy
Rochdale (UK Parliament constituency)
Rochdale is a seat represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It has elected one Member of Parliament since its 1832 creation; the constituency is represented by Tony Lloyd of the Labour Party. He was first elected MP for this seat in 2017. 1918-1950: The County Borough of Rochdale. 1950-1983: As prior but with redrawn boundaries. 1983-1997: The Borough of Rochdale wards of Balderstone and Deeplish, Castleton and Falinge, Newbold and Bamford, Smallbridge and Wardleworth, Spotland. 1997-2010: The Borough of Rochdale wards of Balderstone and Deeplish, Central and Falinge, Littleborough, Newbold and Wardleworth, Wardle. 2010-present: The Borough of Rochdale wards of Balderstone and Kirkholt, Central Rochdale, Kingsway, Littleborough Lakeside and Deeplish, Milnrow and Newhey and Firgrove, Spotland and Falinge, Wardle and West Littleborough. The constituency is one of two covering the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, it contains most of the town of Rochdale itself as well as Littleborough and some of the surrounding rural area.
For the 2010 general election, the seat gained the villages of Milnrow and Newhey from Oldham East and Saddleworth and lost the areas of Sudden and part of Norden to Heywood and Middleton, a 19.16% boundary change. Those changes made the seat a notional Labour victory in the Rallings and Thrasher figures which were used by the Press Association for determining gains and swings. However, other predictions by political commentator Martin Baxter showed the seat maintaining a narrow Lib Dem majority. Rochdale was one of the constituencies created by the Reform Act of 1832, has been a Labour/Liberal Democrat marginal for many years, although it was held by the Conservatives for part of the 1950s, until a 1958 by-election, it was held for two decades by Cyril Smith, first of the Liberal Party and of the Liberal Democrats. He won a by-election in 1972, taking the seat from Labour, held it until his retirement in 1992. A native Rochdalian and a former Labour Party member himself, he had a substantial personal vote which helped him retain his seat.
It has since emerged. After his retirement, contests have been tighter; the Liberal Democrats held the seat at first, with Liz Lynne winning at the 1992 general election, only to lose to Labour's Lorna Fitzsimons at the 1997 election. However, they regained the seat with Paul Rowen defeating Fitzsimons. In 2010, the town was brought to national attention when then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught on a tape recording describing a local woman, Gillian Duffy, as a "bigot" after having a conversation with her while campaigning, but despite the unfavourable publicity, Labour still managed to narrowly win the seat from the Liberal Democrats, in 2015 achieved their highest majority in the seat's history, with the Liberal Democrats falling to fourth place. Note: boundary changes prior to the 2010 election made Rochdale a notionally Labour MP-held seat. A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the summer of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election.
Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place. British Socialist Party: Tom Kennedy Caused by Cobden's death. List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester Rochdale by-election, 1940 Rochdale by-election, 1958 Rochdale by-election, 1972 Notes References Election results, 1950–1997 F. W. S. Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949 F. W. S. Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1885–1918
Harrow East (UK Parliament constituency)
Harrow East is a constituency in the London Borough of Harrow created in 1945 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Bob Blackman, a Conservative. The seat was created in 1945 and has been varied due to two sets of major ward reconfigurations and by other national boundary reforms; the predecessor seats were Hendon and to a much lesser extent Harrow. The censuses of 2001 and 2011 show the overwhelmingly most common housing types of the seat to be semi-detached houses a majority, followed by mid-rise apartments whether purpose-built or converted from older houses terraced and detached houses, lower-than-average proportions of social housing for Greater London; the seat is served by three separate commuter lines running into Central London and has many parks and sports grounds. Few arterial roads bisect Harrow East — further east is the start of the M1 motorway and in the middle of seats further south in north-west London are the A40 Western Avenue and North Circular Road, omitting the boundaries drawn from the arterial road-building projects of the 1940s to 1970s.
Political history To date since 1945 a stronger area for the Labour Party than neighbouring Harrow West, the seat has been Conservative in outcome. Labour did win here in landslide victories in 1945, 1966 and 1997, held on in the two subsequent general elections. In 2010 the seat was regained by a Conservative on a high turnout, though Labour's incumbent managed to hold on to Harrow West due to boundary changes which favoured Labour there. Residents in the borough include fewer people in the category of no qualifications than the national average, in 2011, at 16.8%. The seat has been a bellwether since the 1979 General Election, by reflecting the result nationally; the 2017 result gave the seat the 29th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 317 seats by percentage of majority. 1945-1950: The Urban District of Harrow wards of Kenton, Stanmore North, Stanmore South, Wealdstone North, Wealdstone South, part of Harrow Weald ward. 1950-1955: As above but the whole of Harrow Weald and less Wealdstone North and Wealdstone South 1955-1974: The Municipal Borough of Harrow wards of Belmont, Harrow Weald, Stanmore North, Stanmore South.
1974-1978: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Belmont, Harrow Weald, Stanmore North, Stanmore South. 1978-1983: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Canons, Harrow Weald, Kenton East, Stanmore Park, Stanmore South, Wemborough. 1983-2010: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Canons, Greenhill, Harrow Weald, Kenton East, Kenton West, Stanmore Park, Stanmore South and Wemborough. 2010–present: The London Borough of Harrow wards of Belmont, Harrow Weald, Kenton East, Kenton West, Stanmore Park, Wealdstone. List of Parliamentary constituencies in Greater London Notes References Politics Resources Electoral Calculus