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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 selection of Nick Smith’s votes.
Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, between 2010–2017.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
3 votes for, 19 votes against, 4 absences, between 2010–2019.
Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 14 votes against, 3 absences, between 2011–2018.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
12 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2011–2016.
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2013.
Last updated: 29 Sep 2020.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that wedding (a) venues and (b) suppliers are supported during the third covid-19 lockdown.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people living in Blaenau Gwent constituency were registered with the Kickstart scheme as of 23 February 2021.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much his Department spend on (a) external advisers and (b) consultant fees related to the Government's investment in OneWeb.
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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
- Universal Credit
Currently held offices
- 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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