Mr Spencer Batiste

Former MP for Elmet

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.

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Privatised Utilities 19 Mar 1997

    Does my hon. Friend recall that, in the late 1970s, the then nationalised industries cost the taxpayer £500 million a year in subsidy? Will he confirm that, for the past seven years, the privatised industries have contributed on average nearly £9 billion each year? Does not that demonstrate that Labour's hostility to privatisation would have caused much damage to this country and its...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel 12 Mar 1997

    Will my right hon. Friend confirm that about 70,000 Palestinians currently have permits to work in Israel? Is not the Europe-Israel association agreement designed to create greater prosperity and more jobs, both in Europe and in the middle east, for Palestinians and Israelis? Is not the creation of prosperity the basic building block of peace?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: High-technology Sector 19 Feb 1997

    Does my hon. Friend agree that companies setting up in increasingly important human genetic science need a clear ethical framework in which to operate? In view of yesterday's press conference by the Association of British Insurers, will he ask the new Human Genetics Advisory Commission to look at the implications of genetic testing for the insurance industry to see whether further guidelines...

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Former MP for Elmet

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election

Future MPs in this constituency

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