Sir Thomas Somerset

Former MP for Belfast North

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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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

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Recent appearances

  • Prolongation of Parliament Bill 26 Oct 1943

    I have represented North Belfast in this House since 1929, and I would like to say to the hon. Member for West Belfast (Mr. J. Beattie) that I have very much in mind the circumstances in which he fought his election, the conditions which prevailed and the fact that at the last minute he made a declaration which gained him many thousands of votes.
  • Prolongation of Parliament Bill 26 Oct 1943

    The hon. Member, earlier in his speech, invited the Home Secretary to go to Belfast so that he could show him how things were run. Well, I do not think the Home Secretary would adopt the procedure that was followed in the hon. Member's election. I cannot see what the hon. Member wants to get at. We have in Northern Ireland a very strong Government. That Government has been changed. The hon....
  • Prolongation of Parliament Bill 26 Oct 1943

    The Minister of Labour served at the bench and in the shipyards, and the whole of that Government is just as much a National Government as this Government here is. I notice that the hon. Member omitted to say a single word about his own constituency of West Belfast. He did not tell this House that most of the arms, ammunition, explosives and implements of war which have been found have been...

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Former MP for Belfast North

Entered the House of Commons on 30 May 1929 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 15 June 1945 — General election

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