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Weekly Information Bulletin
Weekly Information Bulletin: 1st November 2008

State of the Parties in the House of Commons
as at 31 October 2008

Labour
349
Independent Labour
(Clare Short)
1
Conservative
193
Independent Conservative
(Derek Conway)
1
Liberal Democrat
63
Independent
(Dr Richard Taylor, Dai Davies, Andrew Pelling, Robert Wareing)
4
Scottish National Party / Plaid Cymru
(SNP - Messrs Robertson, Salmond, Weir, Wishart, MacNeil, Hosie & Mason/ PC - Messrs Llwyd, Price, H Williams)
10
UK Independence
(Dr Bob Spink)
1
Democratic Unionist Party
(Messrs Campbell, Dodds, Donaldson, McCrea, Paisley, P Robinson, Ms Iris Robinson, Simpson, Wilson)
9
Respect
(George Galloway)
1
Sinn Fein
(Messrs Adams, Doherty, McGuinness, Murphy & Ms Gildernew)
5 (Have not taken their seats and cannot vote)
The Speaker and 3 Deputies
(Sir Alan Haselhurst, CWM; Mrs Sylvia Heal, 1st DCWM; Sir Michael Lord, 2nd DCWM)
4 (Do not normally vote)
Social Democratic & Labour Party
(Messrs Durkan, McDonnell, McGrady)
3
Vacant seats
(Glenrothes)
Total number of seats
1
646
Ulster Unionist
(Lady Sylvia Hermon)
1
Current working Government Majority
(349 Labour MPs less 287 of all other parties - excludes Speaker & Deputies and Sinn Fein)
62

The total number of women MPs is 125: (Lab 94; Con 17; LD 9; DU 1; SF 1; UU 1; DCWM 1; Ind Lab 1)

Abbreviations:

CWM - Chairman of Ways and Means

1st DCWM - 1st Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

2nd DCWM - 2nd Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

Further information about Members of Parliament by Party, Constituency and Region can be found on the parliamentary website at the following: http://www.parliament.uk/directories/directories.cfm


By-Elections and new MPs since the
General Election of May 2005

Vacancy
Cause
By -Election
New Member
Date of introduction
Maiden Speech
Cheadle
Death of Patsy Calton (LD) (29.5.2005)
14.7.2005
Mark Hunter (LD)
19.07.2005
21.07.2005
Livingston
Death of Robin Cook (Lab) (6.8.2005)
29.9.2005
Jim Devine (Lab)
10.10.2005
25.10.2005
Dunfermline and West Fife
Death of Rachel Squire (Lab) (5.1.2006)
9.2.2006
Willie Rennie (LD)
13.02.2006
01.03.2006
Blaenau Gwent
Death of Peter Law (Ind) (25.4.2006)
29.6.2006
Dai Davies (Ind)
04.07.2006
20.07.2006
Bromley & Chislehurst
Death of Eric Forth (Con)
(18.5.2006)
29.6.2006
Bob Neill (Con)
03.07.2006
19.07.2006
Sedgefield
Resignation of the Rt Hon Tony Blair (Lab) (27.6.2007)
19.7.2007
Phil Wilson (Lab)
23.07.2007
08.10.2007
Ealing Southall
Death of Piara Khabra (Lab)
(19.6.2007)
19.7.2007
Virendra Kumar Sharma (Lab)
23.07.2007
08.10.2007
Crewe and Nantwich
Death of Gwyneth Dunwoody (Lab) (17.4.2008)
22.05.2008
Edward Timpson (Con)
02.06.2008
16.06.2008
Henley
Resignation of Boris Johnson (Con) (4.6.2008)
26.06.2008
John Howell (Con)
30.06.2008
16.07.2008
Haltemprice and Howden
Resignation of David Davis (Con) (18.6.2008)
10.07.2008
David Davis (Con)
14.07.2008
(5.11.1987)
Glasgow East
Resignation of David Marshall
(Lab) (30.06.2008)
24.07.2008
John Mason (SNP)
06.10.2008
13.10.2008
Glenrothes
Death of John MacDougall (Lab) (12.8.2008)
06.11.2008


Further information about the By-Election process can be found in the House of Commons Information Office Factsheet M7 Parliamentary Elections on the parliamentary website at the following: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_publications_and_archives/factsheets.cfm


Political Party Contacts

LABOUR PARTY
39 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0HA
Tel: 08705 900200
http://www.labour.org.uk
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY
107 McDonald Road
Edinburgh
EH7 4NW
Tel: 0131 525 8900
http://www.snp.org
CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
30 Millbank
London
SW1P 4DP
Tel: 020 7222 9000
http://www.conservatives.com
PLAID CYMRU
18 Park Grove
Cardiff
CF10 3BN
Tel: 029 2064 6000
http://www.plaidcymru.org
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
4 Cowley Street
London
SW1P 3NB
Tel: 020 7222 7999
http://www.libdems.org.uk
SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC & LABOUR PARTY
Cranmore House
121 Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7 1SH
Tel: 028 9024 7700
http://www.sdlp.ie/
SINN FEIN
Sinn Fein
53 Falls Road
Belfast
BT12 4PD
Tel: 028 9022 3000
http://www.sinnfein.ie
ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY
Cunningham House
429 Holywood Road
Belfast
BT4 2LN
Tel: 028 9076 5500
http://www.uup.org
DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY
91 Dundela Avenue
Belfast
BT4 3BU
Tel: 028 9052 1323
http://www.dup.org.uk

Individual Members of Parliament can be contacted at: House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Tel: 020 7219 3000

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