Billy Bell

Former UUP MLA for Lagan Valley

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: Private Members’ Business: Muckamore Abbey Hospital 29 Jan 2007

    I add my voice to the concern expressed in the wording of this timely motion. It is important that parties mark the last sitting day of the Assembly by speaking up for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community. I am grateful to Dr Paisley for proposing the motion. It is right and fitting that Members make clear to the policy-makers in Government that they have...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Autism 9 Jan 2007

    I support the motion. I am aware that the prestigious medical journal ‘The Lancet’ estimated in 2006 that one in every 100 people suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am also aware that Autism NI has estimated that the problem in Northern Ireland is significantly worse than that figure of one in 100. It is estimated that 4,000 school-age children suffer from ASD, and the Assembly must...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on Law and Order Issues 20 Sep 2006

    I am not a member of the Preparation for Government Committee, but I recognise the excellent work that it has done over the summer, for which I thank the Committee members. I also thank the Com­mittee staff and other Assembly staff who assisted the Com­mittee. It is an excellent report, and I welcome it. The DUP and Sinn Féin have sat on the PFG Committee through­out the summer under the...

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Former UUP MLA for Lagan Valley

Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election

Left the Assembly on 30 January 2007 — Dissolved for election

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