For ten years Robert de Vito Boutin worked out of an office in Bristol as an award-
winning freelance writer. He wrote copy for sectors as diverse as engineering and food,
finance and entertainment.
A lifelong Europhile, Robert has lived, travelled and/or worked in France, Germany, Greece and Italy. More recently he and his wife have been involved (unpaid) in counselling people from all walks of life, helping charitable organisations in transition and supporting church leaders. Their focus has been on the poor and the disadvantaged.
Robert’s father served in the Royal Navy as a WW2 Fleet Air Arm pilot, after which he dedicated the rest of his life to education. Following in his footsteps, Robert worked in schools as a Head Teacher, Finance Director and Chair of Governors. Robert is married and has a son.
He has a keen interest in Creative Arts, has written and directed a number of plays and a musical, paints occasionally, likes walking, loves film and enjoys everything to do with the sea.
Robert is very excited to be invited to stand in Bristol South, a community of wonderful people who appear to have been poorly served for many years. There is a great deal of rebuilding to do and the work has begun.
Bristol South is a 52.05% remain area and is very winnable.
In the last parliamentary election the winner was Karin Smyth a Labour Hold (29.4% majority) Turnout 65.5% (Total electorate: 83012)
The results were
PARTY VOTES SHARE SWING
Karin Smyth LAB 32,666 60.1% +21.7
Mark Weston CON 16,679 30.7% +6.3
Ben Nutland LIB 1,821 3.3% -5.3
Ian Kealey UKI 1,672 3.1% -13.4
Tony Dyer GRE 1,428 2.6% -8.9
Oth OTH 116 0.2%
Last four MPs
2017 Karin Smyth LABOUR
2015 Karin Smyth LABOUR
2010 Dawn Primarolo LABOUR
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Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes 3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2015–2016
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Exactly two years ago, I had an Adjournment debate about airgun safety, which was responded to graciously by the right hon. Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (Mr Hurd), who is in his place. That instigated a review of airgun safety. I and my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson), who is in his place, have pressed the Government persistently for the publication of...
The introduction of universal credit has had a devastating impact in my constituency, but women in Northern Ireland who wish to access an exemption to the two-child limit, known as the rape clause, may still be subject to criminal prosecution for not reporting under the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967, as confirmed by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland. Will the...
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 293621 on Hospitals: Construction, if he will publish the business cases.
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Former Labour for Bristol South
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Karin Smyth campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Education
NHS Property and Estates Review
NHS Property Services
NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies
Member, Public Accounts Committee (7 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
Offensive Weapons Bill Committee (10 out of 10)
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Has spoken in 53 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs. See all Karin Smyth’s speeches
Has received answers to 82 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
Has voted in 80.56% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 108 times in debates — below average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More Square, London EW1 1YW, for surveys. All fees donated to Bristol South Labour Party:
30 January 2019, payment of £200. Hours: approx. 1 hr. (Registered 01 February 2019)
From October 2016, Ambassador (unremunerated) for Healthcare Denmark, a body established by the Danish Government in partnership with public and private providers. (Registered 21 October 2016)
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