Michael Copeland

Former UUP MLA for Belfast East

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: Welfare Cuts 23 Sep 2014

    Thank you for the chance to contribute to the debate, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker.  I stand here with the two great power blocs to my left and right: the land of "This must be done" and the land of "This will never be done".  The truth is that, until we see that which is to be done, it is hard to make up your mind. This legislation has been bogged down, I think, since 2012.  At that...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Welfare Cuts 23 Sep 2014

    No, Sammy. Fighting a DLA appeal on behalf of someone who took their life because you were not available on the day that they needed you to go to an appeal is a very heavy burden.  I am sure that there are others in the Room who bear it. Essentially, this is a row between the DUP and Sinn Féin.  It is down in the castle.  Sort it out.  Bring us the legislation, and, when you do, we will...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Welfare Cuts 23 Sep 2014

    Bring it here.  We hear lots of talk about the packages.

More of Michael Copeland’s recent appearances


Former UUP MLA for Belfast East

Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election

Left the Assembly on 21 September 2015 — Resigned

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