Week 1 May – 8 May
In a week when Labour’s Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London and the Conservatives came second in the Scottish parliament elections, the government u-turned on their plans to make all schools become academies by 2020, and Leicester City won the Premier League, what did James Heappey do?
Speeches and written questions
Nothing to report this week. James Heappey hasn’t made a speech in Parliament since a debate on the Energy Bill on 20 April.
James Heappey voted six times this week.
On 3 May Mr Heappey voted five times on aspects of the Housing and Planning Bill. He voted: for rejecting a Lords amendment to the Bill that would have made it so an English planning authority could only grant permission for residential development if it had taken into account the provision of starter homes; for rejecting a Lords amendment to the Bill that would allow local housing authorities to keep an amount of a payment they may receive from the government to reduce the amount they pay and use that part of the payment to provide new social housing; for rejecting a Lords amendment to the Bill that would make it so local housing authorities “may”, rather than “must”, charge rent from a high income social housing tenant; for rejecting a Lords amendment to the Bill that would require all new homes built to meet standards intended to reduce carbon emissions; for rejecting a Lords amendment that would bring in a clause to amend the Water Industry Act 1991.
On 4 May Mr Heappey voted just the once on an opposition motion about NHS bursaries. He voted: against an opposition motion that would call on the government to drop its plans to remove bursaries that are currently used to help recruit NHS staff.
Energy and climate change committee
The Committee did not hold any oral evidence sessions this week.
We are now over a week into May and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is still yet to publish its most recent data for MP’s expenses. At some point this month they aim to publish data for December 2015 and January 2016.