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Former Labour Peer
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- Became a Lord on 17 April 2000
- Left Parliament on 10 October 2010 — Died
- Positions held at time of appointment: Writer (from Number 10 press release)
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Lord Acton voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
- Voted very strongly against laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
- Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted moderately against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system. votes
- Has never voted on allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party.
Most recent appearances
- Written Answers — House of Lords: Parliament Acts (8 Apr 2010)
“To ask the Leader of the House how many Acts since 1911 have been passed (a) under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and (b) during "wash-ups" before general elections.”
- Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe (25 Mar 2010)
“To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid they gave to Zimbabwe in each of the past five years for which figures are available.”
- Written Answers — House of Lords: Internet: Usage (23 Mar 2010)
“To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adults in the United Kingdom they estimate have never used the internet.”
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- Has spoken in 7 debates in the last year — average amongst Lords.
- Has received answers to 5 written questions in the last year — above average amongst Lords.
- Has voted in 69.82% of votes in this House with this affiliation — well above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 0 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — average amongst Lords.
- 6 people are tracking this peer.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 21 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)