Mr Robert Smillie

Former MP for Morpeth

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

  • Civil Estimates, Supplementary Estimate, 1928.: Class IX. 20 Dec 1928

    I do not often intervene in discussions in this House, and when I do it is usually on mining questions. I leave the discussions on general topics to those people who know more about them than I do; I only feel justified in speaking on a subject about which I know something. In view of the statement made by the Leader of the Opposition in reply to the Prime Minister it will not be necessary...
  • Orders of the Day — Supply.: Railway Freight Rebates. 22 Nov 1928

    I do not intend to take up much of the time of the House in dealing with this matter, because practically everything that can be said has been said by people who speak with authority coming from the mining districts, not merely on the side of the miners but on the side of the mineowners. I believe that this proposal is intended to give some little relief chiefly to the mining industry:...
  • Adjournment (Whitsuntide).: Coal Industry. 24 May 1928

    I think I can claim that during the few years I have had the honour of sitting in this House I have not unnecessarily taken up its time, and to-day I will not detain it for long, not because there is not a great deal to say on this question, but because of the limited time at our disposal and the necessity for giving the House an opportunity to hear the views of the miners from each of the...

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