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Bob Marshall-Andrews

Bob Marshall-Andrews, the MP for Medway
Party:
Labour

Constituency:
Medway

Date of birth:
10 April 1944<

Telephone:
020 7219 3000

Address:
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Political profile:
Robert Marshall-Andrews was first elected to the Commons in 1997 but could not be more different from the bulk of the New Labour enthusiasts who characterised the landslide intake.

A highly qualified (and still practising) QC and Recorder, he has never been afraid of defying the party whips.

He has accused the Labour leadership of 'contempt for Parliament, contempt for party and contempt for the old tedious debating institutions on which democracy ultimately rests'.

A powerful speaker, he has been the ringleader of many of Labour's biggest rebellions, especially those involving legal matters.

Mr Marshall-Andrews galvanised backbench opposition to the bill restricting jury trial and ridiculed the Lord Chancellor's reforms to legal aid.

He was also one of the fiercest critics of the Millennium Dome, long before it was built.

The Medway MP is also strongly interested in constitutional matters, and supports the total abolition of the House of Lords and the monarchy in favour of a single legislative chamber.


TOP THREE PARTIES AT A GLANCE
Labour Labour 49%
Conservative Conservative 39.2%
Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 9.3%
IN DETAIL
Name Party Votes %
Bob Marshall-Andrews Labour 18,914 49
Mark Reckless Conservative 15,134 39.2
Geoffrey Juby Liberal Democrat 3,604 9.3
Nicole Sinclaire UK Independence Party 958 2.5
Majority 3,780
Turnout 59.5%
POLITICAL MAKE UP OF SOUTH EAST
A map of South East showing its political make up.



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