What do our Manchester Labour MPs stand for?

Paul Goggins is a Labour Party politician. He began his political career as a Salford Cllr (1990-1997). He spent several years as the director of a Christian campaigns group until he was elected to parliament in 1998; he became the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East since and currently holds the post of Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office.

Voting Record :
Women’s Rights
Voted to limit access to terminations by supporting an amendment to reduce the upper limit for abortions from 24 week to 22 weeks in 2008. He also supported a move to reduce the lone parents allowance in 1997 by voting against a motion to stop the cuts.

LGBT Rights
Overall he has a variable stance on LGBT rights, voting to lower the age of consent to 16 while also voting to put limits on Gay and Single women accessing IVF treatments by supporting a strengthening of the laws to make IVF clinics consider the ‘need for a father and a mother’ before allowing women to begin fertility treatment. Goggins was absent from 2 key votes that gave additional rights to unmarried and cohabiting couples. Subsequently he was absent from a vote on the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations(19 Mar 2007 at 19:25)

Iraq
Goggins was a firm supporter of the war in Iraq . He voted against an amendment limiting justification for war with Iraq without further UN sanction. He also was against an amendment that called for an investigation into the reasons for going to war back in 2003.

Education
In 2004 Goggins along with other MPs voted to support the government’s higher education bill, which included plans for variable student tuition fees. Fees will rise to 3,550 per year, on average as of Sept. 2009.

ID Cards
Goggins’ voting record is consistent with someone who fully supports compulsory National Identity Cards and the National Identity Register. His constituency of Wythenshawe and Sale has Manchester Airport within its boundaries.
Manchester Airport will be one of the first pilot projects for the national ID Card Roll out. He voted in favour of compulsory registration when applying for a passport and voted against taking into account the cost base analysis of the proposed scheme in 2006, believing that it could unfairly prejudice the tender process. He has rejected any voluntary implementation of this scheme.

Promoting Democracy
Has a poor record on promoting democracy within parliament, voting against attempts to have a more transparent parliament in 2007. He also was in favour of introducing a Fast-track process for capital project planning applications. This act seeks to remove the necessity to take into account the views of the local councils and community in major planning decisions. Goggins also voted against holding a referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Over the last year Goggins has spoken in nine debates in Parliament, this is well below average.

Overall, Goggins is well known for his adherence to the party line and very rarely rebels. So much so that the ‘they work for us’ website has matched Paul Goggins voting record with that of Gordon Browns since 2005.
The information here comes from : http://www.theyworkforyou.com
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