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Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
Liberal Democrat Peer
- Also represented Yeovil
- Entered the House of Lords on 24 July 2001
- Previously MP for Yeovil until 14 May 2001 — General election
- Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Yeovil, 1983-2001. Liberal spokesman for Trade and Industry, 1983-86; Alliance spokesman on education and science, 1987; Liberal Democrat spokesman on Northern Ireland, 1988-92; Leader, Social and Liberal Democrats, 1988-89, Liberal Democrats, 1988-99. (from Number 10 press release)
- Entered Parliament on 9 June 1983 — General election
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Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly against university tuition fees. votes
- Voted very strongly for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on replacing Trident. votes
- Voted against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted moderately for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against introducing ID cards. votes
- Has never voted on a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted moderately for more EU integration. votes
- Has never voted on a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party.
- Syria: Refugees — Question (6 Nov 2013)
“My Lords, I declare an interest as the president of UNICEF UK and in that capacity I thank the Government for their generosity, not just to UNICEF but also to many other charities in helping with the terrible suffering of children, who of course suffer most in these circumstances. The last case of polio in Syria was 14 years ago, in 1999, but this terrible disease is now taking hold,...”
- EU: UK Contribution — Question (30 Oct 2013)
“Regarding my noble friend’s last answer, I do not know how much the European Union spent on creating a sustainable peace and a functional state in Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, I wonder if my noble friend would accept from me that, however much was spent, the figure amounted to tens of times less than it would have cost everybody, including British taxpayers, if there had been a return...”
- Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)
“My Lords, I have no wish to make life more difficult for the Government when they are already in a rather difficult position, but I really do think that, given the wisdom we have heard from both the noble Baroness the Leader of the Opposition and from other speakers, it might be worth while for this House to take a 10-minute break. If there is no news to deliver, that is fine, but a 10-minute...”
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- Has spoken in 11 debates in the last year — above average amongst Lords.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — average amongst Lords.
- Has voted in 21.80% of votes in this House with this affiliation — below average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 2 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — above average amongst Lords.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 45 times in debates — average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)