Liam Fox

Conservative MP for North Somerset

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Asylum

The asylum system is intended to protect people fleeing persecution in their own countries. Parliament has voted on subjects including: routes via which people may enter the United Kingdom to seek asylum; the circumstances in which those seeking asylum may work; support for those seeking asylum and if to allow those claiming asylum to be removed to other countries while their claim is assessed.

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Liam Fox generally voted for a stricter asylum system

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

Key votes about a stricter asylum system:

  • On 18 May 2022: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Programme for Government — Amendment from the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted not to require that, so far as possible under new asylum laws, no refugees will be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom and to require a court or tribunal breaching that principle to make a declaration to that effect. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted against being more lenient when assessing if a refugee had "come to the United Kingdom directly from a country or territory where their life or freedom was threatened" and "presented themselves without delay to the authorities", not to put the onus of proof on the Government, and not to give due weight to the best interests of children and family unity, in relation to such determinations, and not to require the law to ensure refugees should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted not to explicitly require that no refugees will be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom as a result of the operation of new asylum laws. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted not to allow those seeking asylum, and their adult dependents, to work if a decision on their application has not been made within six months. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted to enable someone to be removed from, or required to leave, the UK while their asylum application is pending. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted against UK law allowing entry to the UK to seek asylum and against UK law enabling unaccompanied children in Europe who have a family member in the UK to seek asylum in the UK. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted in favour of creating an offence of entering the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance (if one is required), and against creating an alternative narrower offence of arriving in the United Kingdom in breach of a deportation order. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Liam Fox voted to make it an offence to help an asylum-seeker enter the UK, even if that help is offered for free and there is a reasonable excuse for helping, subject to an exception for those acting on behalf of an organisation which helps asylum seekers for free. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted not to explicitly require that no refugees will be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom as a result of the operation of new asylum laws. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted to permit treating refugees who have not "come to the United Kingdom directly from a country or territory where their life or freedom was threatened" and "presented themselves without delay to the authorities" differently from those who have. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted against "allowing asylum seekers and their adult dependents, including failed asylum seekers who have raised further submissions, to work on the same terms as a person with refugee status if a decision on their claim has not been determined within six months". Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted to permit removing someone to a safe third country whilst their asylum claim is pending. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted against allowing people who are in Europe and have a family member living lawfully in the UK to enter the United Kingdom to seek asylum. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted against the resettlement, in the United Kingdom, of at least 10,000 refugees per year. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted in favour of making it an offence to knowingly arrive in the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance, if such a clearance is required. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted to consider asylum seekers who fail, when requested, to provide information relating to them being a victim of slavery or trafficking within a set time-limit, to have reduced credibility, unless there is a good reason for the delay in providing information. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Liam Fox voted not to raise the threshold for denying an individual the 30-day recovery period for victims, or potential victims of slavery or trafficking, during which they cannot be removed from the United Kingdom, and and to allow those under 18 years to be denied the recovery period. Show vote
  • On 8 Dec 2021: Liam Fox voted for a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, including permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2021: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 39 — Illegal Entry and Similar Offences — Exemptions Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2021: Liam Fox voted for a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, including permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2021: Liam Fox voted for a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, including permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 19 Oct 2020: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause — Leave to Enter: Family Unity and Claims for Asylum Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2020: Liam Fox voted to remove rights for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, spouses, vulnerable adults and dependant adults to join a family member who is legally present in the United Kingdom. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2020: Liam Fox voted against requiring ministers to seek to negotiate with the EU to allow unaccompanied children seeking asylum to join their relatives by moving from the UK to the EU or vice-versa, and instead voted to require the Government to set out its policy on this subject. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2020: Liam Fox voted to remove a requirement for ministers to seek to negotiate an agreement with the EU to enable unaccompanied child refugees to join their relatives. Show vote
  • On 25 Apr 2016: Liam Fox voted against giving asylum seekers permission to work if a decision on their application takes over six months. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted to support the Government's decision not to opt into a European Union response to disproportionate migration into certain states involving measures to relocate individuals in need of international protection (asylum). Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted in favour of making it a criminal offence for someone to work if their immigration status prohibits it. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted to make it an offence to rent a home to someone who is disqualified as a result of their immigration status from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted to restrict the support available to failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted to extend the power to deport an individual before considering an appeal on human rights grounds so it applies to all those appealing on human rights grounds against their removal. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Liam Fox voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Liam Fox voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Liam Fox voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Sep 2015: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Assistance for Middle East Refugees Show vote
  • On 25 Jul 2007: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on The Asylum (Designated States) Order 2007 Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2006: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Allow failed asylum seekers to be given cash rather than vouchers — rejected Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2005: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Prevent the government from interpreting the Geneva Convention so that terrorism can be used as grounds to dismiss asylum claims — rejected Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2005: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2005: Liam Fox voted yes on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Excuse employers who employed illegal immigrants but took reasonable steps to comply with the necessary requirements — rejected Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2004: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc.) Bill — Burden of proof on prosecution rather than defendant in cases where immigrants to not have travel documents — rejected Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2004: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc.) Bill — Give support to failed asylum seekers and their families — rejected Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2004: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc.) Bill — Asylum appeals should be referred to a higher court — rejected Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2004: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc.) Bill — Give support to asylum seekers even when they make a late claim — rejected Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2004: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, Etc.) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2003: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill — Decline to give a Second Reading — rejected Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2003: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 16 Jul 2003: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2003 Show vote
  • On 17 Mar 2003: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003 Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Asylum seekers can be placed in accommodation centres even if there is no local school pace for dependent children Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Refuse support to asylum seekers who make a late claim Show vote
  • On 12 Jun 2002: Liam Fox voted yes on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Allow the withdrawal of support from immigrants and asylum seekers in certain circumstances Show vote
  • On 12 Jun 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Do not penalise those who bring passengers to the UK without the necessary authority — rejected Show vote
  • On 12 Jun 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Only allow destitute asylum seekers and those under residence restrictions to live in accommodation centres for a maximum of 10 weeks — rejected Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Do not allow appeals against rejected asylum claims from within the UK if the claim is unfounded Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2002: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill — Allow earlier rights of appeal — rejected Show vote

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