Liam Byrne

Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill

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Climate Change

There have been votes in Parliament on targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and on increasing the proportion of electricity generated via renewable means as well as on the establishment of a UK Green Investment Bank, to invest in projects which, for example, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Liam Byrne generally voted for measures to prevent climate change

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 measures to prevent climate change:

  • On 18 May 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Programme for Government — Workers' Rights — Cost of Living — Climate — Benefits — Windfall Tax — Devolution — Human Rights Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Liam Byrne voted in favour of laws enabling the government to direct funds from electricity consumers, via electricity suppliers, to help pay for, and encourage private investment in, new nuclear power stations. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2021: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Subsidy Control Bill — Schedule 1 — The Subsidy Control Principles — Net Zero Greenhouse Gasses Emissions Target Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2021: Liam Byrne voted against NHS reforms and reorganisations intended to ensure integration and coordination both within the NHS and between the NHS and local councils and against making virginity checking and hymen reconstruction an offence. Show vote
  • On 3 Nov 2021: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2021: Liam Byrne voted not to exempt national security and defence as well as taxation and spending from those policy areas where ministers would be required to have due regard to environmental policy. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2021: Liam Byrne voted against NHS reforms and reorganisations intended to ensure integration and coordination both within the NHS and between the NHS and local councils and against making virginity checking and hymen reconstruction an offence. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2021: Liam Byrne voted against NHS reforms and reorganisations intended to ensure integration and coordination both within the NHS and between the NHS and local councils and against making virginity checking and hymen reconstruction an offence. Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2021: Liam Byrne voted to make supporting reducing the United Kingdom's net targeted greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 the initial core mission of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Show vote
  • On 26 May 2021: Liam Byrne voted to ban the burning of certain types of vegetation in almost all upland areas with peat soils in England. Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2021: Liam Byrne voted to require public authorities to act in accordance with the following principles in relation to the environment: preventative action to avert damage; the precautionary principle; rectifying damage at source and "polluter pays". Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2021: Liam Byrne voted to to require the Financial Conduct Authority to have regard to the target of reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2050 when setting capital and risk related requirements for investment firms. Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2020: Liam Byrne voted to seek to ensure any regulations on the subject of climate change risk which apply to those running certain occupational pension schemes align with the aims of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2020: Liam Byrne voted to require ministers to have due regard to the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 when taking actions including setting up agricultural subsidy schemes. Show vote
  • On 29 Sep 2020: Liam Byrne voted to require a "climate and nature emergency impact statement" as part of any proposal for financial assistance under a United Kingdom Internal Market Act. Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2020: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Transport — Eliminate Substantial Majority of Emissions by 2030 Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2019: Liam Byrne voted in favour of a motion calling on the Government "to rebuild the economy so that it works in the interest of the many, not just handing out rewards to those at the top" and to bring forward "a green industrial revolution to decarbonise the economy and boost economic growth". Show vote
  • On 25 Jun 2019: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on The Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Energy-Saving Materials) Order 2019 Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2016: Liam Byrne voted against VAT increases on the installation of energy saving materials. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Liam Byrne voted in favour of reducing the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes and against requiring a review of minimum energy performance requirements. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Housing and Planning Bill — New Clause — Permitted Carbon Dixoide Emission Rate for New Homes Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Liam Byrne voted to require a strategy for carbon capture and storage for the energy industry. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Liam Byrne voted to set a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016 and to review it annually thereafter. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Liam Byrne voted to charge the first year rate of vehicle tax, which varies substantially based on carbon dioxide emissions, for the subsequent two years as well; for a variable rate of vehicle tax based on carbon dixoide emissions for vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017 and against charging additional tax on vehicles costing over £40,000. Show vote
  • On 8 Sep 2015: Liam Byrne voted against applying the Climate Change Levy tax to electricity generated from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Liam Byrne voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Summer Budget 2015 Resolution 21 — Application of Climate Change Levy to Electricity from Renewable Sources Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — Enabling Carbon Dioxide Emissions Limits to be Applied to Stations Which Fit Pollution Abatement Equipment Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Liam Byrne voted to require the setting of a target range for the amount of carbon dioxide (or other greenhouse gases) produced per unit of electricity generated. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Liam Byrne voted to allow financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Energy Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 3 Jun 2013: Liam Byrne voted to exempt electricity generation plants using carbon capture and storage technology from annual carbon dioxide emissions limits during a commissioning and proving period of up to three years. Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2012: Liam Byrne voted against reforming the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Liam Byrne voted to require the the UK Green Investment Bank to explicitly act in support of the target of reducing UK carbon emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2050. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Liam Byrne voted against establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms. Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2012: Liam Byrne voted against establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2011: Liam Byrne voted to require landlords of private rented homes to make their properties meet regulations on energy efficiency by January 2016 rather than April 2018 as initially proposed. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2009: Liam Byrne voted against calling on the Government to sign up to the goals of the 10:10 campaign Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Liam Byrne voted against giving the Government power to set greenhouse gas performance standards on power stations Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Liam Byrne voted no on Climate Change Bill — International aviation and shipping emission projections — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Liam Byrne voted yes on Climate Change Bill — Report on the civil estate Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Liam Byrne voted yes on Climate Change Bill — Third Reading (and other amendments) Show vote
  • On 9 Jun 2008: Liam Byrne voted yes on Climate Change Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 2 Jun 2008: Liam Byrne voted against requiring the National Policy Statement to contain policies which contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2008: Liam Byrne voted against forcing the Government to establish a renewable energy feed-in tariff Show vote
  • On 8 May 2007: Liam Byrne voted no on Climate Change — new sense of urgency — rejected Show vote
  • On 8 Nov 2004: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Housing Bill — Improvements in Energy Efficiency — rejected Show vote

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