Steve Aiken

UUP MLA for South Antrim

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: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers 27 Oct 2022

    Thank you very much, Mr Acting Speaker, for controlling this rather unruly event. The people of Northern Ireland will be watching this today, and many will be saying, "What are they doing? What is happening?", because here we are, squabbling back and forth, when we have crises. We have a crisis in our healthcare system and in our welfare system, and we have an energy crisis. All those things...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers 27 Oct 2022

    No, not at the moment. The real issue that we have is to make sure that we restore trust in the institutions and in democracy. We have to restore trust. We have to be back. Regardless of what happens and of whether we have an election — even if we have an election and come back — can we commit ourselves to not having more and more polarisation and more and more whataboutery? Why can we...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: RHI Scheme: Solutions 22 Mar 2022

    T6. Dr Aiken asked the Minister for the Economy to outline the solutions that he had for the RHI scheme and to state which one of the two he would opt for, given that, during the earlier debate, the Minister of Finance was pretty derogatory about the Department for the Economy, commenting that it had not come up with any solutions to the RHI scheme. (AQT 2136/17-22)

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UUP MLA for South Antrim

Entered the Assembly on 7 May 2016 — Election

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This data was produced by TheyWorkForYou from a variety of sources. Voting information from Public Whip.