Liam Fox

Conservative MP for North Somerset

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Powers of Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the extent of powers devolved to local government on a range of matters from planning to the regulation of street trading.

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Liam Fox generally voted against more powers for local councils

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 more powers for local councils:

  • On 28 Feb 2022: Liam Fox voted not to allow local councils to run secure schools, youth custody establishments, for 16 to 19 year olds. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2022: Liam Fox voted not require the consent of the relevant local authority, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and, where relevant, Mayoral Combined Authority before a body is designated the employer representative body for an area and given a role in developing the local skills improvement plan which public post-16 technical education or training providers would be required to have regard to. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2021: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Planning and Local Representation Show vote
  • On 23 May 2018: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Boundary Changes — West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council — Review by Local Government Boundary Commission Show vote
  • On 23 May 2018: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Proposal for Single Tier of Local Government in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole — Invitation from the Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 8 May 2018: Liam Fox voted not to give local councils the freedom to decide if benefits to cover housing costs should be reduced in respect of excess bedrooms in cases of new local council secure tenancies offered to victims of domestic abuse. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — New Clause 9 — Requirement for Planning Permission for the Demolition or Change of Use of Drinking Establishments Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — Clause 12 — Power for Secretary of State to Ban Certain Types of Planning Conditions in England Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Liam Fox voted not to exempt local councils from having to require discounted starter homes on certain new developments if they provide affordable home ownership via other routes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Liam Fox voted against giving local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Liam Fox voted for central Government, rather than local councils, to determine how many starter homes to be sold to first time buyers at a discount are to be required to be provided in new residential developments. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Liam Fox voted against requiring the local retention of funds from selling high value council homes where there is a local need for social housing. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Liam Fox voted to require local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Liam Fox voted in favour of turning all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies, shifting control over them from local councils to central government. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Liam Fox voted to give local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Trade Union Bill — Clause 9 — Consent of Devolved Administrations and Local Government Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Liam Fox voted to allow the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Liam Fox voted in favour of allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and to enable councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Liam Fox voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is "necessary" rather than merely "desirable" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Liam Fox voted to require a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Liam Fox voted against local government having powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Liam Fox voted against boosting housing supply by reforming the development industry; against measures to tackle landbanking; against a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and against giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Liam Fox voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Regulation of Gambling Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Liam Fox voted against a proposal to only allow the Secretary of State to issue a direction to a local council relating to compliance with the code of practice on local authority publicity where evidence of a breach of a code has been sent to the authority and, if the authority has replied, that a report from the Secretary of State in light of that reply has been published. Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Liam Fox voted against giving more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Liam Fox voted against giving local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Liam Fox voted against more regulation of the private rental sector, against a national register of landlords, against clearer information on charges, and against the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 1 — Planning Applications Directly to Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Liam Fox voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Spending on Council tax Reduction Schemes Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 1 — Local Retention of Business Rates Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Liam Fox voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Liam Fox voted to allow local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Clause 168 — Designation of Mayoral Development Areas Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Liam Fox voted to devolve more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Clause 5 — Power for Secretary of State to Repeal Laws Conflicting with General Power of Competence for Local Government Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Schedule 2 — Power for Secretary of State to Impose Change to Mayor and Cabinet Executive Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — New Clause 31 — Planning Permission for Betting Shops Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Education Bill — Clause 34 — Role of Local Authority in Implementation of Decisions by School Admissions Adjudicator Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Clause 142 — Directions Releated to Prohibited Actvitity in Parliament Square Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Liam Fox voted to recommend publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Liam Fox voted to allow the establishment of free schools, to abolish a range of teaching related bodies, to allow student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and to allow teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill — Declines Second Reading Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Localism Bill (Money) Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Liam Fox voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Liam Fox voted to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners, to give local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and in support of the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Liam Fox was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Second Reading Show vote

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