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A selection of Andrew Smith’s votes
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Generally voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 4 absences, between 2010–2017.
Generally voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
2 votes for, 18 votes against, 6 absences, between 2010–2015.
Almost always voted for a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2016.
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 a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
1 vote for, 42 votes against, 12 absences, between 2014–2016.
Generally 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, 10 votes against, 7 absences, between 2012–2014.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Andrew Smith’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Andrew Smith’s full vote analysis page for more.
I also congratulate the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) on a fine maiden speech and thank her for her well-deserved compliment to her predecessor on his service. She spoke with passion, wit and understanding of her beautiful constituency, as well as of Peter Rabbit. None of us envies her speedy transition from by-election to general election, but I do congratulate her. I made my...
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what records his Department keeps of when the universal credit IT system is not functioning.
I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. I certainly would not dispute the testimony of those who have benefited from homeopathic treatment, but does he not agree that scientific evidence of its effectiveness would help in a decision on whether to use it?
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Former Labour MP for Oxford East
Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 3 May 2017 — Dissolved for election
Topics of interest
Andrew Smith campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Work and Pensions
- HMS Victory
- Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre
- Palestinians: International Assistance
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (12 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, South East Regional Select Committee (3 Mar 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (29 May 2002 to 7 Sep 2004)
- The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (11 Oct 1999 to 29 May 2002)
- Minister of State (Department for Education and Employment) (3 May 1997 to 11 Oct 1999)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (1 Jul 1996 to 1 May 1997)
- Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1 Jul 1994 to 1 Jul 1996)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jun 1992 to 1 Jun 1996)
- Member, Social Services Committee (22 Nov 1988 to 10 Feb 1989)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 Jun 1988 to 1 Jun 1992)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Future MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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