Johnny Mercer

Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)

Conservative MP for Plymouth, Moor View

@JohnnyMercerUK https://facebook.com/JohnnyForPlymouth

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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Johnny Mercer generally voted for a stricter asylum system

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Major votes

  • On 17 Jan 2024: Johnny Mercer voted yes on Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill Committee: Third reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Before Clause 11 — Compliance with the Refugee Convention — Direct Travel and Prompt Presentation Assessments Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Johnny Mercer voted not 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: Johnny Mercer voted to enable someone to be removed from, or required to leave, the UK while their asylum application is pending. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Johnny Mercer voted against UK law allowing 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: Johnny Mercer voted in favour of creating an offence of entering the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance (if one is required), and against creating an alternative narrower offence of arriving in the United Kingdom in breach of a deportation order. Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2022: Johnny Mercer voted to make it an offence to help an asylum-seeker enter the UK, even if that help is offered for free and there is a reasonable excuse for helping, subject to an exception for those acting on behalf of an organisation which helps asylum seekers for free. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 11 — Differential Treatment of Refugees Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 39 — Illegal Entry and Similar Offences Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2021: Johnny Mercer voted not 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2021: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Oct 2020: Johnny Mercer voted not 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: Johnny Mercer voted to remove 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill — Clause 37 — Arrangements with EU about Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2020: Johnny Mercer voted to remove 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Asylum Seekers: Permission to Work after Six Months Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2015: Johnny Mercer voted to support the Government's decision not to opt into a European Union response to disproportionate migration into certain states involving measures to relocate individuals in need of international protection (asylum). Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Johnny Mercer voted to restrict the support available to failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants. Show vote

Minor votes

  • On 18 May 2022: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Programme for Government — Amendment from the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2022: Johnny Mercer voted not 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: Johnny Mercer voted not 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: Johnny Mercer was absent for a vote on Nationality and Borders Bill — New Clause — Compliance with the Refugee Convention Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2022: Johnny Mercer 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: Johnny Mercer voted in favour of making it a criminal offence for someone to work if their immigration status prohibits it. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Johnny Mercer voted to make 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: Johnny Mercer voted to extend 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: Johnny Mercer voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Johnny Mercer voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Johnny Mercer voted to create criminal offences of renting a home, driving, and working, while disqualified from doing so due to immigration status; and for other measures in the Immigration Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Sep 2015: Johnny Mercer voted against greater international efforts through the United Nations to secure the position of refugees across the Middle East and against the UK playing a full role, with others, in providing sanctuary. Show vote

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