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
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- 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.
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A selection of Martin Caton’s votes
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Almost always voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
10 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2012.
Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 13 votes against, 4 absences, between 2012–2014.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
47 votes for, 6 votes against, 15 absences, between 2006–2014.
Generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2007–2015.
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
1 vote for, 19 votes against, 2 absences, between 2008–2013.
Almost always voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2015.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Martin Caton’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Martin Caton’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of trends in the rate of child poverty in Wales since 2010.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the time taken for the general release of data from European Science Agency (ESA) projects; and if he will make future UK contributions to ESA projects conditional on full and immediate release of all data.
Order. I am afraid that is far too long for an intervention.
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Former Labour MP for Gower
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Home Department
- International Development
- Unexploded Ordnance
- Guantanamo Bay
- Rescue Services
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Consolidation, &c., Bills (Joint Committee) (6 Dec 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Panel of Chairs (16 Dec 2003 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (12 Dec 2001 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 17 Jul 2005)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Future MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
- Chairman, Finance Bill Committee (3 out of 5)
- Chairman, Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill Committee (1 out of 16)
- Chairman, Finance (No. 2) Bill Committee (5 out of 9)
- Chairman, Pensions Bill Committee (6 out of 12)
- Chairman, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill Committee (1 out of 17)
- Chairman, Crime and Courts Bill Committee (7 out of 13)
- Chairman, Wreck Removal Convention Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Identity Documents Bill Committee (3 out of 5)
- Chairman, Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee (9 out of 20)
- Chairman, Finance (No. 2) Bill Committee (3 out of 5)
- Chairman, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill Committee (5 out of 10)
- Chairman, Child Poverty Bill Committee (4 out of 10)
- Chairman, Employment Bill Committee (2 out of 4)
- Chairman, Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill Committee (2 out of 6)
- Chairman, Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill Committee (5 out of 8)
- Chairman, Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Compensation Bill Committee (1 out of 4)
- Chairman, Health Bill Committee (1 out of 12)
- Public Audit (Wales) Bill Committee (1 out of 2)
- Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Local Government Bill Committee (12 out of 14)
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