Seamus Close

Former Alliance 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: Credit Card Abuse 1 Oct 2002

    On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Public Accounts Committee has already dealt with the issues to which I referred. The reports are in the public domain, and if the Member doubts that, I shall gladly provide him with copies.
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Credit Card Abuse 1 Oct 2002

    Like Mr Murphy, I commend Mr Dallat for tabling the motion. It comes at a particularly opportune time, as reports are being prepared that highlight what can only be referred to as "dubious practices". As elected representatives, Members have a duty to taxpayers. At Budget time, Members vote to allocate taxpayers’ money to various Departments, to be spent on legitimate purposes agreed by the...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Audit and Accountability Bill: Second Stage 1 Oct 2002

    I welcome the general principles enshrined in the Bill. In short, it gives the Comptroller and Auditor General greater access to follow taxpayers’ money. One of the greatest responsibilities of an elected representative in a body such as the Assembly is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is properly spent, in a manner and for the purposes for which the House voted it. Over the past few...

More of Seamus Close’s recent appearances


Former Alliance 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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