Mr William Whitelaw

Former MP for Penrith and The Border

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected in their voting record.

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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

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

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Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolis (Marches) 5 May 1983

    I have no power to ban demonstrations. As to marches, the Public Order Act 1936 provides that the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or the Commissioner of the City police may, subject to my consent, make an order banning all marches or any class of march, but only if he believes that his other powers of control under the Act will be insufficient to prevent marches occasioning serious...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolis (Marches) 5 May 1983

    My hon. Friend will appreciate that that does not come into the present law on serious public disorder. Those who decide to exercise their undoubted right to have marches or demonstrations must recognise the responsibilities that they are taking on and the danger that they will take away from others in the metropolis the police protection that they want.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolis (Marches) 5 May 1983

    I cannot give an answer to the first part of the hon. Gentleman's question without notice. If I were to send bills to all those who organised demonstrations, those bills would be considerable. —[Interruption.]—If the right hon. Gentleman would like me to send those bills, I should be pleased to do so.

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Former MP for Penrith and The Border

Entered the House of Commons on 26 May 1955 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 11 June 1983 — unknown

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