Lord Anderson of Swansea

Former MP


A selection of Lord Anderson of Swansea's votes

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  • Almost always voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
  • Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
  • Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
  • Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
  • Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Funding — Question 19 Nov 2015

    My Lords, it is a truism that development works best in a climate of security. Do the Government recognise the interrelationship, as demonstrated by Syria, between the military budget, the foreign affairs budget and the development budget? To reduce the FCO budget, as they are doing, not only harms our development effort but leads to a substantial decline in FCO morale.
  • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: Human Rights — Question 17 Nov 2015

    My Lords, these are sensitive issues, but is it not true that all these Governments have signed the Commonwealth charter? Is the Government not distressed that, among the list of the worst offenders in, for example, the persecution of Christians are several Commonwealth countries, notably in south-east Asia? If the Commonwealth is serious, should it not have some means of monitoring or...
  • Liaison Committee — Motion to Agree 10 Nov 2015

    My Lords, may I say how much I believe my noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours was right to raise important details about resources? I hope that the future committee will indeed have some restraint on travel. My noble friend also made points about the ad hoc committees, but his major point related to possible conflict with the Foreign Affairs Committee in the other place. I had the honour to...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 19 July 2005

Previously MP for Swansea East until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Monmouth, 1966-1970 and Swansea East, 1974-2005. Opposition spokesman for foreign affairs, 1983-1992, on defence, 1993-1994 and Shadow Solicitor General, 1994-1995. Chairman, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, 1997-2005. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 31 March 1966 — General election

Also represented Swansea East; Monmouth


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Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU Sub Committee E - Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection (17 May 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Draft Bribery Bill (Joint Committee) (11 May 2009 to 16 Jul 2009)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee C - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy (21 Nov 2006 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs: Entry Clearance Sub-Committee (25 Nov 1997 to 19 Nov 1998)
  • Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee (16 Jul 1997 to 12 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (14 Jul 1997 to 11 Jul 2005)
  • Shadow Solicitor General (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jan 1996)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Defence, Disarmament and Arms Control) (1 Jan 1993 to 1 Jan 1994)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (26 Oct 1992 to 23 Feb 1994)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (13 May 1983 to 9 Jun 1983)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jan 1983 to 1 Jan 1992)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (8 Dec 1981 to 9 Jun 1983)
  • Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee (20 Nov 1981 to 13 May 1983)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (14 Dec 1979 to 20 Nov 1981)
  • Member, Environment Committee (3 May 1979 to 14 Dec 1979)


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  • Has spoken in 450 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Lords.
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — average amongst Lords.
  • Responsiveness to messages sent via WriteToThem.com in 2005: Too little data for valid analysis.
  • Has voted in 69.73% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 99 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 267 times in debates — well above average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)

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