James Heappey weekly: No.11
by Ben D-T
Week 30 May – 5 June
In a week when legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the UK should stay in the EU, and David Cameron and Michael Gove faced questions on Sky News about the referendum, what did James Heappey do?
Well, in Parliament at least, nothing. Yes, just eight days after the State Opening of Parliament and the start of a new parliamentary session, MPs went on holiday. They’re due back on Monday 6 May.
Seeing as he has now been the Wells MP for over 12 months, let’s look back at what James Heappey did exactly one year ago.
Week 30 May – 5 June 2015
Speeches and written questions
James Heappey spoke once in Parliament on this particular week, it was his Maiden Speech on June 1. His first speech in the House of Commons was on Britain’s place in the world. It covered his history of service in the army, payed tribute to his predecessor Tessa Munt of the Lib Dems, and outlined the ways in which his West Country constituency contributes to Britain’s place in the world.
Mr Heappey voted four times during the week. All four votes were on matters relating to the speech given by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament the previous week.
On 3 June Mr Heappey voted once on proposals to amend an address due to be presented to Her Majesty thanking her for the Gracious Speech. He voted: against an Opposition motion to add an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech offered inadequate measures on devolution.
On 4 June Mr Heappey voted four times on proposals to amend an address due to be presented to Her Majesty thanking her for the Gracious Speech. He voted: against an Opposition motion to add an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech to provide measures for improving the economy’s levels of productivity; against an SNP motion to add an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech does not adequately meet the challenges facing the majority of people across the UK; and for a motion to send the address to Her Majesty thanking her for the Gracious Speech.
James Heappey was loyal to the government and voted with the majority on all four votes.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
The Committee members were not appointed to their positions until 8 July 2015.
James Heappey made a total of 12 expenses claims in the seven day period. These claims totaled £356.36.
Eight of these were small amounts for travel costs within his constituency, they ranged from £1.48 to £8.46 and totaled £44.91.
There were two larger claims for travel between his constituency and London. These were for £61.20 and £65.25, a total of £126.45.
There was also a £35.00 claim for unspecified office costs.
Mr Heappey’s largest claim was of £150.00 to pay for the cost of a one night stay in a hotel while his London flat was being finalised.
All of Mr Heappey’s claims were payed in full and none have had to be repaid.