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Cat Smith’s voting in Parliament
Cat 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 Cat Smith’s votes.
Has never voted on replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system
Voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2016.
Almost always voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 absence, between 2016–2019.
Consistently voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
8 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2015–2016.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
42 votes for, 14 votes against, 27 absences, between 2017–2020.
Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2015–2016.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he or any Ministers of his Department use personal email addresses to conduct Government business.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she or any of the Ministers of her Department use personal email addresses to conduct Government business.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what purpose the rooms within 9 Downing Street are used.
More of Cat Smith’s recent appearances
Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election
Topics of interest
Cat Smith campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Cabinet Office
- Department for Digital
- Media and Sport
- Department of Health and Social Care
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Department for Transport
- Electoral Register
- Elections: Proof of Identity
- Voluntary Work: Young People
- Local Government: Elections
- Prescription Drugs
Currently held offices
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (since 11 May 2020)
- Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement (since 27 Jun 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (20 Dec 2016 to 19 Jul 2017)
- Junior Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities (18 Sep 2015 to 27 Jun 2016)
- Member, Women and Equalities Committee (6 Jul 2015 to 26 Oct 2015)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 26 Jul 2021.
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Ipsos MORI
, 3 Thomas More Square, London E1W 1YW, for surveys:
5 August 2020, received £250. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 11 August 2020)
14 December 2020, received £200. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 16 December 2020)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2
Name of donor: The Methodist Church
Address of donor: 25 Marylebone Road, London. NW1
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Services of a voluntary intern for two and a half days a week in my parliamentary office. The intern will receive a bursary of £916 per month, total value £9,167
Date received: 21 September 2020 to 22 July 2021
Date accepted: 21 September 2020
Donor status: unincorporated association
(Registered 21 September 2020)
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