This week Peter Dowd MP attended an event hosted by Dogs Trust at the House of Commons where the charity called on the government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling. The MP for Bootle was amongst 64 MPs and Peers who attended the event, where there was the opportunity to experience through virtual reality the terrible conditions in which puppies are transported across Central and Eastern Europe to be sold to unsuspecting buyers in the UK.

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Privacy Statement 2018

Last updated: 11th September 2018

I am the MP for Bootle, Crosby, Ford, Litherland, Netherton, Old Roan, Seaforth and Waterloo. As your MP, it is important that I and my office can keep in touch with constituents and interested groups about my work, take up casework on their behalf and ask for views on local issues.

As a Labour MP I also have access to other information which I or my office, or volunteers working with me, will use for campaigning purposes or for communicating with Labour Party members. In respect of that information, the Labour Party is the data controller, and you should consult their privacy policy ( for details of what information they hold, why, and how they use and process that information.

This page explains how I collect and use personal data, the legal basis for doing so and provides information about your rights in respect of your personal data for which I am the data controller.

In my office, the person leading on data protection can be contacted at or on 0151 933 8432

Data collection and use

The office of Peter Dowd MP will only collect and use personal information for the specific purpose for which it has been obtained.

I will undertake casework using personal information provided by or on behalf of a constituent. In respect of this data processing activity I will rely on the lawful basis of “performance of a task carried out in the public interest”. It may be necessary for me to share your information with third party organisations. I will only do this where it is necessary and reasonable to do so, and I will share only the minimum amount of personal information necessary in order to advocate on your behalf.

Who I share your information with

When I take up casework on your behalf, it may be necessary for me to share the details you provide with government departments, local authorities and other public bodies. I will only share as much information as is necessary to take your case forward. If you have any questions or concerns about how information you provide as part of a casework request is used, please contact my Data Protection lead for more information.

Other than in the circumstances above, I will not share personal information with other organisations without your explicit consent

When registering with this website or by completing a form or survey sent to you by my office, you may be asked for personal information. In each case, I will ask for your explicit consent to use your information, and I will only use it for the purposes for which you provide it.

I may communicate by post, email or phone about my work to give you the latest news on my campaigns and opportunities to get involved. I have a legal entitlement to the full electoral register for my constituency, which includes the full name and address of every registered elector and I may write to you in connection with my activities as an MP. In respect of this data processing activity I will rely on the lawful basis of “performance of a task carried out in the public interest”.

For marketing purposes, I will only send emails, or contact you by telephone where you have provided explicit consent for me to do so. You may withdraw your consent or unsubscribe at any time from communications in any medium by contacting our Data Protection lead.

I will not use personal data for any automated decision making or profiling.

Retention of personal data

I will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purposes described in this policy. Information relating to casework or policy communications will be retained to complete your request, provide you with a relevant update and/or assist in the event you contact again for help.

I will only retain your personal information so long as I am the MP for the Bootle Constituency, or until you ask for it to be removed.

I will regularly review the personal information I hold to ensure that its use is necessary and proportionate.

IP Addresses and Cookies

This site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging the user’s IP Address or the location of your computer or network on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. I also use IP addresses in the aggregate to track which pages people visit in order to improve the quality of the site.

A cookie is a tiny text file that is stored on your computer. Cookies may be used in order to tailor your experience on this site according to the preferences you have specified. Cookies on this website do not contain personally identifiable information, other than your IP address, which itself is only very rarely enough to identify you as an individual.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites. I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these websites.

Your rights:

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information and the opportunity to choose how it is used. You can:

  • Obtain copies of the personal information I hold about you (known as a “subject access request”)
  • Object to your data being processed at all
  • Request that I correct or update any personal information held about you
  • Ask that we erase your information or restrict the way in which I use your information
  • Request that personal information you have given your consent for me to use is provided in an electronic format so it can be transferred to another data controller (also known as “data portability”)

The exercise of these rights is subject to exceptions set out in the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018. You may opt out of receiving further communications form me in any medium at any time. All requests to unsubscribe are dealt with promptly, and in all cases will be dealt with in 14 days. If you wish to exercise your rights in respect of your personal data or have any concerns about how your data is used, please contact my Data Protection lead:

Trish Hardy

c/o Peter Dowd MP

270 marsh Lane


L20 5BW

0151 933 8432


Alternatively you have right to raise any issues or concerns directly with the Information Commissioner’s Office.


Peter Dowd is supporting the campaign for votes at 16

Peter Dowd is supporting the campaign for votes at 16

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Peter in Parliament: Budget Resolutions

On 14 March 2017 Peter Dowd MP spoke in the House of Commons on the Budget Resolutions.

His contributions:

  • I thank colleagues who have spoken in this debate today. They have torn this Budget apart. I am talking about my hon. Friends the Members for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander), for Burnley (Julie Cooper), for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty), for Redcar (Anna Turley), for Gedling (Vernon Coaker), for Wirral West (Margaret Greenwood) and for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Gill Furniss), my new hon. Friend, the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell) and many other people.

    Last week, the Chancellor painted a rosy picture of the nation’s finances. He claimed that the Conservative party’s stewardship had been nothing short of miraculous. He was relaxed and attempted jokes throughout his speech. The Prime Minister’s shoulders shook with amusement, and many Government Members chuckled away. Some of the more experienced Government Members were watching cautiously, as the nosedive gained velocity. The Chancellor had got it wrong—big time. Within hours, he was attacked by many of his own Back Benchers. He was left hung out to dry by the Prime Minister, and, unsurprisingly, he has faced universal criticism over his plans to raise national insurance to 11% for millions of self-employed people. As Sir Michael Caine in the iconic film “The Italian Job” said, “You were only supposed to blow the doors off.” [Interruption.] ​It would have been unparliamentary to throw in that word. Well, the debris from the explosion is still descending. To put it purely and simply, the manifesto pledge was broken.

    Since last Wednesday, Nos. 10 and 11 have been in a briefing war, with each trying to blame the other for the fine mess. Ostensibly, No.10 suggested that the Chancellor sneaked the national insurance rise into the Budget. Apparently, other shocked Cabinet colleagues have indicated that he failed to mention that it would break their manifesto pledge. As my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood said, it is worrying that Cabinet members do not know their own manifesto commitments. Perhaps they do not care. Then again, the Government have an insouciant attitude towards their manifesto commitment—[Hon. Members: “Give way!”]. I will come back to that in a minute. The insouciant attitude goes on. First the Government committed to getting rid of the deficit by 2015—a broken promise. Secondly, they said that it would be pushed back to 2019-20—another broken promise. Thirdly, they vowed that the debt would start to come down after 2015—another broken promise.

    The Government will have virtually doubled the debt and doubled the time they have taken to get it down, and this is what they call success and fiscal credibility. They seem to think that they can simply press the reset button when it comes to meeting their own fiscal rules, and that no one will notice. It is the flipside of John Maynard Keynes’ approach—namely, “When I change my mind, the facts change with it.”

Sir Oliver Letwin (West Dorset) (Con):
Now that the hon. Gentleman has had his bit of fun, would he possibly explain how he proposes that the Labour party would find the money required for social care?

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Peter in Parliament: Concentrix

On 17 January 2017 Peter Dowd MP spoke in Parliament on the issue of Concentrix.

His contribution:

  • Given the NAO’s excoriating report on Concentrix’s failure to achieve savings targets, performance targets, serviceable staffing levels, sufficient levels of training, call handling accuracy, proficient contract management and competent decision making—while, unbelievably, increasing its commission almost threefold—would not the Chancellor’s time be better spent concentrating on getting a modicum of efficiency into HMRC, rather than popping off to Davos for a winter sojourn?



Benefit Claimant Sanctions (required Assessments) Bill

Peter Dowd MP is concerned that the sanctioning process is failing and must be reviewed.

The recent National Audit Office report into benefit sanctions found that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is not doing enough to find out how sanctions affect people in receipt of social security and could not conclude that the DWP is achieving value for money. There is also evidence of a link between the increase in sanctions and the rise in food bank use.

Peter took part in the parliamentary discussion on the issue on 2nd December 2016.

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Civil Service Compensation Scheme

On the 12th December 2016 Peter Dowd MP pressed government on their implementation of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme with the following questions in the House of Commons:

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Peter Dowd MP questions Minister for Women and Equalities

On 8th December 2016 Peter Dowd MP questioned Justine Greening (Minister for Women and Equalities) whether she "agreed with the Resolution Foundation that cuts to the work allowances of universal credit risk undermining work incentives for disabled people?" And went on to press "Should not those cuts be reversed now?"

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Savings (Government Contributions) Continued

Following Peter Dowd's work on the Bill at committee stages (see earlier post) the Bill was discussed in the Commons Chamber on 12th December 2016.

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Accelerated Access Review

On 13th December Peter Dowd MP took part in a Westminster Hall Debate about the Accelerated Access Review.

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