Oliver Heald

MP, North East Hertfordshire

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North East Hertfordshire Conservative

Ministers Intervening in Inquests

There have been votes in Parliament on the powers of ministers to intervene in inquests. Specific votes were held on questions including if the Secretary of State ought be able to order a coroner's inquest to take place without a jury and if a minister ought be able to suspend a coroner's inquest.

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Oliver Heald consistently voted against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests

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.

All votes about allowing ministers to intervene in inquests:

  • On 10 Jun 2008: Oliver Heald voted yes on Counter-Terrorism Bill — Disallow inquests without a jury in England and Wales — rejected Show vote
  • On 10 Jun 2008: Oliver Heald voted yes on Counter Terrorism Bill — Lord Chief Justice to appoint "special coroners" — rejected Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2009: Oliver Heald was absent for a vote on Coroners and Justice Bill — Condemn the Coroners and Justice Bill — rejected Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2009: Oliver Heald voted against allowing the Lord Chancellor (a minister) to suspend an inquest and replace it with an inquiry and against allowing the use of intercepted communications evidence in inquests. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2009: Oliver Heald voted yes on Coroners and Justice Bill — Schedule 1 — Explicit Approval of Lord Chief Justice Required for Minister to Suspend Coroner's Inquiry -rejected Show vote

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