Robert Smith

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Liberal Democrat

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How Robert Smith voted since 2001
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  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with pricesDetails
  • Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensionsDetails
  • Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of CommonsDetails
  • Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VATDetails
  • Voted moderately against university tuition feesDetails
  • Voted moderately for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")Details

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Robert Smith occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Afghanistan Election (Women) 9 Apr 2014

    Given that the engagement in democracy is so strong, with the draw-down of ISAF it will be crucial that donor communities continue to provide aid to what is one of the poorest countries in the world, in order to maintain stability. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with US authorities about recognising the importance of that continued aid commitment?
  • Future Army 2020: Backbench Business — Security of Women in Afghanistan 6 Mar 2014

    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...
  • Future Army 2020: Backbench Business — Security of Women in Afghanistan 6 Mar 2014

    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...

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Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine


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Topics of interest

  • Trade and Industry
  • Treasury
  • Scotland
  • 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 7 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 during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 77.83% 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?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 7 Apr 2014.

9. Registrable shareholdings
(b) Glaxosmithkline; pharmaceuticals.
(b) Legal and General; life assurance.
(b) Rio Tinto; mineral extraction.
(b) Shell Transport and Trading; oil-integrated.

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