Occasionally rebels against their party in this parliament
How Robert Smith voted on key issues since 2001
- Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VATDetails
- Voted strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquestsDetails
- Voted strongly for a smoking banDetails
- Voted strongly for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patientsDetails
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of LordsDetails
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cardsDetails
- Voted moderately against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EUDetails
- Voted moderately for greater autonomy for schoolsDetails
- Voted moderately against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHSDetails
- Voted very strongly against the hunting banDetails
- Voted very strongly against Labour's anti-terrorism lawsDetails
- Voted moderately against a more proportional system for electing MPsDetails
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rightsDetails
- Voted strongly against a stricter asylum systemDetails
- Voted very strongly for laws to stop climate changeDetails
- Voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefitsDetails
- Voted moderately for more EU integrationDetails
- Voted strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disabilityDetails
- Voted for reducing central government funding of local governmentDetails
- Voted very strongly against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons systemDetails
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq warDetails
- Voted very strongly against introducing foundation hospitalsDetails
- Voted moderately for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituencyDetails
- Voted moderately for a transparent ParliamentDetails
- Voted moderately for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")Details
- Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with pricesDetails
- Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of CommonsDetails
- Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensionsDetails
- Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per yearDetails
More on well-known issues (from the Guardian) & their full record
I thank everyone who has taken part in this debate. They have all, in their different ways, sent the message to the women of Afghanistan that we care, we understand and we want to see action to support them. The work of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is translating those words into action. We must keep our focus on this matter and return...
I beg to move, That this House recognises, ahead of critical presidential elections in April 2014, the essential contribution of Afghan human rights defenders to building peace and security in their country; further recognises the extreme challenges, including violent attacks and killings, that they face as a result of their peaceful work; believes that sustainable peace and security cannot...
I certainly recognise the crucial importance of the aid programme in building on what has been achieved to date. I also recognise that we need to engage with the whole of Afghanistan to get the messages across.
More of Robert Smith's recent appearances
Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
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Topics of interest
- Trade and Industry
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Work and Pensions
- Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands
- Renewable Energy
- Post Offices
- Prisoners' Transfers
- Skipton Fund
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (20 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Deputy Chief Whip (21 Jul 2008 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (6 Jul 2007 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, International Development Committee (17 Apr 2007 to 20 Jan 2009)
- Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee (1 Nov 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Energy, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities (19 Oct 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
- Shadow Minister, Trade & Industry (19 Oct 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
- Member, Trade & Industry Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 1 Nov 2005)
- Member, Procedure Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Trade & Industry Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Standing Orders Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Procedure Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Accommodation and works Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
- Deputy Chief Whip (26 Jan 2004 to 21 Mar 2006)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 23 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 10 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 77.62% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 5 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 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") 328 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)