Chris Law

Former Scottish National Party MP for Dundee West

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Asylum

The asylum system is intended to protect people fleeing persecution in their own countries. Parliament has voted on subjects including: routes via which people may enter the United Kingdom to seek asylum; the circumstances in which those seeking asylum may work; support for those seeking asylum and if to allow those claiming asylum to be removed to other countries while their claim is assessed.

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Chris Law almost always voted against a stricter asylum system

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Major votes

  • On 17 Jan 2024: Chris Law voted no on Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill Committee: Third reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted to be more lenient when assessing if a refugee had "come to the United Kingdom directly from a country or territory where their life or freedom was threatened" and "presented themselves without delay to the authorities", to put the onus of proof on the Government, and to give due weight to the best interests of children and family unity, in relation to such determinations, and to require the law to ensure refugees should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted to allow those seeking asylum, and their adult dependents, to work if a decision on their application has not been made within six months. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted to prevent anyone from being removed from, or required to leave, the UK while their asylum application is pending. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted for UK law to allow entry to the UK to seek asylum and against UK law enabling unaccompanied children in Europe who have a family member in the UK to seek asylum in the UK. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted against creating an offence of entering the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance (if one is required), and in favour of creating an alternative narrower offence of arriving in the United Kingdom in breach of a deportation order. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted not to make it an offence to help an asylum-seeker enter the UK even where that help is provided "for gain" and not to make it an offence to help an asylum-seeker if there is a "reasonable excuse" for helping. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 11 — Differential Treatment of Refugees Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — After Clause 12 — Changes to the Immigration Act 1971 — Asylum Seekers' — Employment Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 28 — Removal of Asylum Seeker to Safe Country Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — After Clause 37 — Immigration Rules: Entry to Seek Asylum and Join Family Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 39 — Illegal Entry and Similar Offences Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 58 — Late Compliance with Slavery or Trafficking Information Notice: Damage to Credibility Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 62 — Identified Potential Victims etc: Disqualification from Protection Show vote
  • On 8 Dec 2021: Chris Law voted against a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, against permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and against provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2021: Chris Law voted to exempt those facing persecution in their own countries, and others in need of international protection, from a new offence of arriving in the UK without a valid entry clearance. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2021: Chris Law voted against a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, against permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and against provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2021: Chris Law voted against a series of changes to the law on immigration and nationality, against permitting the removal of asylum seekers with applications pending to other countries and against provisions aimed at discouraging unsafe and dangerous routes of entry. Show vote
  • On 19 Oct 2020: Chris Law voted to allow those in the EU who wish to make a claim for asylum in the UK, and who would have been eligible for transfer to the UK under EU regulations, to enter the UK to make their claim. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2020: Chris Law voted to retain rights for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, spouses, vulnerable adults and dependant adults to join a family member who is legally present in the United Kingdom. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2020: Chris Law voted to require ministers to seek to negotiate with the EU to allow unaccompanied children seeking asylum to join their relatives by moving from the UK to the EU or vice-versa, and voted against merely requiring the Government to set out its policy on this subject. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2020: Chris Law voted to retain a requirement for ministers to seek to negotiate an agreement with the EU to enable unaccompanied child refugees to join their relatives. Show vote
  • On 25 Apr 2016: Chris Law voted to give asylum seekers permission to work if a decision on their application takes over six months. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2015: Chris Law was absent for a vote on European Union Documents — Relocation of Migrants in need of International Protection Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Chris Law voted against restricting the support available to failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants. Show vote

Minor votes

  • On 18 May 2022: Chris Law voted to express support for a broad swathe of policies put forward by the leader of the Liberal Democrats. The policies in question were: providing more help to unpaid carers; tackling issues in education relating to special educational needs or disability; supporting pupils impacted by the pandemic; doing more in respect of the cost of living; cutting VAT from 20 to 17.5%; tackling violence against women and girls; providing sanctuary to refugees fleeing war and persecution; tackling the shortage of GPs and dentists; tackling longer ambulance waiting times; restoring the target of 0.7% of Gross National Income for aid, and not cutting the armed forces. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted to require that, so far as possible under new asylum laws, no refugees will be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom and to require a court or tribunal breaching that principle to make a declaration to that effect. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Chris Law voted to explicitly require that no refugees will be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom as a result of the operation of new asylum laws. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — New Clause — Compliance with the Refugee Convention Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — After Clause 37 — Refugee Resettlement Schemes — 10,000 Refugees Per Year Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Chris Law voted against making it a criminal offence for someone to work if their immigration status prohibits it. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Chris Law voted against making it an offence to rent a home to someone who is disqualified as a result of their immigration status from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Chris Law voted against extending the power to deport an individual before considering an appeal on human rights grounds so it applies to all those appealing on human rights grounds against their removal. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Chris Law voted against creating criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and against other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Chris Law was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Chris Law voted against creating criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and against other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Sep 2015: Chris Law voted for greater international efforts through the United Nations to secure the position of refugees across the Middle East and in favour of the UK playing a full role, with others, in providing sanctuary. Show vote

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