Thomas Buchanan

DUP MLA for West Tyrone

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences 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: Committee Business: 'Inquiry into Legislative Consent Motions' 14 Mar 2022

    Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank Members for their contributions to the debate. I acknowledge that there has already been a lot of business from the Committee on Procedures today, and I appreciate Members' engagement and the points made during all the debates on the Committee's business. This is yet another report that the Committee has completed, this time on its inquiry into...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Standing Order 4 — 'Inquiry into Private Members' Bills' 14 Mar 2022

    Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank all Members who contributed to the debate on the Committee's report on its 'Inquiry into Private Members' Bills' and its recommendations. I appreciated hearing all the comments made by Members from around the Floor as they expressed their views on the review of the process of private Members' Bills. I will focus on some of those comments. Sinéad Bradley...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Standing Order 4 — Standing Order 110 14 Mar 2022

    I thank Members who have contributed to the debate on the motion to amend Standing Order 110 to extend the temporary provisions in Standing Orders 110A to 116 until the end of July 2022. The last time the House agreed an extension was in June last year, when the provisions were extended until the end of the mandate. While we are all pleased, I am sure, to see that circumstances relating to...

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DUP MLA for West Tyrone

Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election

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