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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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Nick Smith’s voting in Parliament
Nick Smith is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.
This is a random selection of Nick Smith’s votes, where they voted similarly to their party.
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
3 votes for, 19 votes against, 4 absences, between 2010–2019.
Generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2015–2016.
Consistently voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2016.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
47 votes for, 16 votes against, 34 absences, between 2012–2020.
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2020.
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2013.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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Nick Smith has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of state, what recent progress has been made on the delivery of the Defence Equipment Plan 2020; and if he will make a statement.
Aukus 16 Sep 2021
I welcome the statement. China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region can be destabilising, particularly in the South China sea. What support will be given to Taiwan at this difficult time?
Q Louise, my sense is that you are pretty sceptical that much voter personation actually occurs. It was interesting to hear Mr Connelly talk about the difficulties that young voters may have in having voter ID easily to hand. My view is that simple systems boost participation and simple messages are key. What measures do you think you will have to use across the UK to inform our diverse...
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Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Topics of interest
Nick Smith campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department of Health and Social Care
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Work and Pensions
- Department for Environment
- Food and Rural Affairs
- Drugs: Refrigerators
- Agriculture: Seasonal Workers
Currently held offices
- Member, Elections Bill Committee (since 15 Sep 2021)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Standing Orders Committee (1 Nov 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Procedure Committee (30 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (18 Oct 2016 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (18 Sep 2015 to 18 Oct 2016)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (7 Jul 2015 to 26 Oct 2015)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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