James Heappey weekly: No.2
by Ben D-T
Week 28 March – 3 April 2016
The week after I started this summary of my MP’s work in Parliament, he went on holiday. Obviously James Heappey hasn’t done anything since the start of the House of Commons recess on 24 March and as a result I have nothing to write about.
My contingency plan for this situation is to pick one specific day of James Heappey’s Parliamentary career and write about what he did on that day. The day I’ve chosen this time is 27 October 2015. That day was a Tuesday, and it was cloudy.
27 October 2015
Speeches and written questions
James Heappey rose to speak in the House of Commons to ask a question to the Chancellor, George Osbourne, about tax on Cider, saying “Will the Chancellor continue to support hard-working people and lubricate the Somerset economy by cutting tax on cider?” The Chancellor replied by recalling a pre-election visit to Hecks Farmhouse Cider in Mr Heappey’s Wells constituency and stating that he thinks “the industry is incredibly important and I will take what steps I can to support it in the future.”
On 27 October James Heappey also received an answer to a written question he’d submitted six days earlier. The question was to the Chancellor about what fiscal steps the Treasury was taking to support business. The answer came from the Financial Secretary, David Gauke, who said the government was committed to supporting business and pointed to the fact that the government aimed to lower corporation tax to 18% in 2020.
The Wells MP voted five times on 27 October, all on aspects of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. He voted: for reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits; against a transitional scheme to protect those currently receiving tax credits as reductions in the amounts paid are brought in; for removing the “work-related activity component” from the Employment and Support Allowance; for removing the “limited capability for work” element of Universal Credit; and for moving the Welfare Reform and Work Bill onto a third reading. James Heappey was loyal to the government and voted with the majority on all five votes.
Energy and Climate Change Committee
The Committee did not carry out any hearings or other business on Tuesday 27th October 2015.
James Heappey made one expense claim on 27 October. The claim was for £1,950 to pay the rent of his London accommodation. The claim was paid in full and none of the claim has had to be repaid.