Eileen Bell

Former Speaker MLA for North Down

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Northern Ireland Assembly: The Late Mr George Dawson mla 8 May 2007

    It is my sad duty to inform the House of the death of Mr George Dawson, a Member for the East Antrim constituency. In accordance with convention, as a mark of respect for Mr Dawson, the sitting will now be suspended until 11.00 am. The sitting was suspended at 10.33 am. On resuming (Madam Speaker in the Chair) — 11.00 am
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Restoration Order 8 May 2007

    In a letter dated 7 May 2007, the Secretary of State has notified me that he has made a restoration order under section 2(2) of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006. The restoration order lifts the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly and effects the restoration of devolved Government in Northern Ireland today.
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Speaker’s Business 8 May 2007

    I am mindful of the importance of today’s proceedings, the level of interest in our business today, and the widespread goodwill being expressed towards our restored Assembly, both within and beyond our community. That goodwill is evidenced by the large presence in the Gallery of members of the public and guests, including some who have travelled from London, Dublin and the United States of...

More of Eileen Bell’s recent appearances


Former Speaker, and MLA for North Down

Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election

Left the Assembly on 8 May 2007 — Dissolved for election

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