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.
A selection of Chris Ruane’s votes
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Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Almost always voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
1 vote for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2013.
Consistently voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, between 2013–2014.
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
1 vote for, 21 votes against, 6 absences, between 2012–2015.
Voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2007–2015.
Almost always voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2019.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Chris Ruane’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Chris Ruane’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of NHS overnight beds available in England from 1 April to 30 June in (a) 2010 and (b) 2019.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of year-on-year trends in the level of average weekly earnings in each year since 2010.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies her Department has introduced to improve personal well-being in the last 12 months.
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Former Labour MP for Vale of Clwyd
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Topics of interest
- Work and Pensions
- Cabinet Office
- Home Department
- Electoral Register
- Written Questions
- Departmental Responsibilities
- Third Sector
- Human Trafficking
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Minister (Wales) (3 Jul 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (20 Jan 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (4 Feb 2013 to 4 Nov 2013)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (7 Oct 2011 to 11 Jan 2013)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (7 Dec 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (7 Dec 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- PPS (Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (16 Oct 2008 to 30 Dec 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government (7 Feb 2008 to 16 Oct 2008)
- PPS (Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Communities and Local Government (29 Jan 2008 to 7 Feb 2008)
- Member, Crossrail Bill Committee (14 Nov 2007 to 18 Nov 2007)
- PPS (Caroline Flint, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions (25 Oct 2007 to 29 Jan 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office (10 Nov 2005 to 15 Mar 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (18 Jan 1999 to 16 Dec 2002)
Future MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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