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The Rt Hon. Kelly Tolhurst MP

Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood

Photo: UK parliament. Licence: CC BY 3.0

Kelly Tolhurst is the Conservative member of parliament for Rochester and Strood. She has represented the constituency since May 2015.

During her time in parliament, Kelly has served as minister of state for schools and childhood, treasurer of HM household (the deputy chief whip), parliamentary under-secretary of state for rough sleeping and housing, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, parliamentary under-secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, and an assistant whip.

Kelly is also a former Conservative councillor for Rochester West ward. She represented the ward between May 2011 and January 2018.

Kelly has stood in two elections to Medway council, and was elected on both occasions.

Political Career

Kelly has served in the following posts:

Medway Council

UK Parliament

Government Posts

  Minister of State for Schools and Childhood

  Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip)

  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing

  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  Assistant Whip

Except for government posts, only periods where Kelly Tolhurst represented Medway are included in this section. Some of Medway's current and former representatives have also represented other parts of the country in local government, devolved assemblies and both houses of parliament.

Attendance at Council Meetings

The full council meets six times a year and, unless there are extenuating circumstances, all councillors are expected to attend these meetings.

Kelly's attendance record for full council meetings is as follows:

Click on a term to see how Kelly Tolhurst's attendance compared to the other councillors for that term.

Attendance at Cabinet Meetings

The cabinet is the council's executive branch, responsible for proposing the policy framework and budget to the rest of the council and for taking decisions on resources and priorities throughout the year.

Kelly's attendance record for cabinet meetings is as follows:

Click on a term to see how Kelly Tolhurst's attendance compared to the other members of the cabinet for that term.

Attendance at Committee Meetings

Councillors usually sit on a number of scrutiny or decision-making committees. Additionally, they may substitute for another member of a committee who is unable to make a meeting.

Kelly's attendance record for these committee meetings is as follows:

Attendance as a substitute member of a committee is not included in the calculation of the attendance rate. Click on a term to see how Kelly Tolhurst's attendance compared to the other councillors for that term.

We are still working on adding historic attendance records to our database. The earliest council meeting we have attendance data for is that held on 6 May 2009. The earliest cabinet meeting we have attendance data for is that held on 11 March 2014. The earliest committee meeting we have attendance data for is that held on 3 July 2012. Please bear with us while we work back to the earliest data available.

Councillors' Allowances

All councillors are entitled to a basic allowance and to claim for certain travel and subsistence expenses. Some councillors have special responsibilities (e.g. a cabinet portfolio or chairing a committee) and receive an additional allowance.

The amount Kelly received each year in allowances and expenses was:

  Total £58,303.56
Basic allowance £35,760.06
Special responsibility allowance £22,464.17
Travel and subsistence £79.33

Allowances information is only available from 2005 onwards. Click on a year to see how Kelly Tolhurst's allowances compared to the other councillors for that year.

Voting History

Most decisions taken by councillors at meetings of the full council are made by unanimous agreement or, if the decision is disputed, by show of hands. However, the council's constitution states that in certain circumstances, or if six or more members request, a "recorded vote" may be taken, where each councillor's vote is recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

The votes recorded for Kelly are as follows:

2015 to 2019

2011 to 2015

Recorded votes are only available from December 2001 onwards. Click on a vote to see the full details of the motion and how the other councillors voted.

MPs' Expenses

All members of parliament receive a basic salary and some receive an additional salary if they have specific parliamentary jobs. Ministerial salaries are paid by a separate body and not listed here.

MPs are entitled to claim the london area living payment (LALP) to help cover the increased cost of living in central London, or otherwise claim accommodation expenses for a second property or hotel stays. They are also entitled to claim expenses to cover the cost of running their office (rent, essential bills and staff payroll) and essential travel.

All expenses are within agreed limits set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

The amount Kelly received each year in salary and expenses was:

MPs' expenses information is only available from 2010 onwards. Click on a year to see a detailed breakdown of Kelly Tolhurst's salary and expenses.

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