Sir Waldron Smithers

Former MP for Orpington

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 — Government Departments (Powers) 25 Oct 1954

    asked the Attorney-General if, in view of the evidence of bureaucratic controls and action by Government Departments without Parliamentary sanction, he will introduce legislation to enable all persons affected by such action to have the right of appeal to a traditional court of law on points of fact and of merit.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Powers) 25 Oct 1954

    May I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his appointment to his present office? In order to avoid the spread of the disease, now known as Crichelitis, will my right hon. and learned Friend take the necessary steps to see that aggrieved persons have appeal to an open and traditional court of English law, not only on points of law, but also on points of fact and merit?
  • Western European Defence (London Conference Agreements) 19 Oct 1954

    Does my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary realise how deep is the debt of gratitude which the whole free world owes to him for his inspiring and courageous leadership?

More of Sir Waldron Smithers’s recent appearances


Former MP for Orpington

Entered the House of Commons on 14 December 1918 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 20 January 1955 — unknown

Also represented Chislehurst

Future MPs in this constituency

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