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Ben Lake’s voting in Parliament
Ben Lake is a Plaid Cymru MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Plaid Cymru MPs.
This is a random selection of Ben Lake’s votes.
Voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2020.
Has never voted on raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2022.
Generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 3 absences, between 2021–2022.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
50 votes for, 6 votes against, 12 absences, between 2017–2022.
Consistently voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, between 2018–2021.
Consistently voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2019–2022.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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On the specific point about the alignment between the UK Government, the Ministry of Justice and the Welsh Government, does the Minister accept that it is frustrating, as a Member representing a rural constituency, to have witnessed so many court closures in the past decade? The court closures were made without any clear consideration of the fact that there are no direct transport links, so...
What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support households in Wales with the cost of living.
I welcome the right hon. Member to his role as Secretary of State for Wales. As he will be aware, off-grid households and businesses have experienced quite rapid increases in the price of their heating. That is a big concern in areas such as Ceredigion, where 74% of properties are not connected to the mains gas grid. Quite simply, when does he expect those households and businesses to receive...
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Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion
Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election
Topics of interest
- Department for Digital
- Media and Sport
- Department for Business
- Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Department for Environment
- Food and Rural Affairs
- Home Office
- EU Grants and Loans
- S4C: Reviews
- Self-employment Income Support Scheme
- Children: Poverty
- Telecommunications: Infrastructure
Currently held offices
- Member, Down Syndrome Bill Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)
- Member, Welsh Grand Committee (since 18 Jan 2022)
- Member, Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Committee (since 3 Nov 2021)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Treasury) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Education) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health and Social Care) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Shadow PC Spokesperson (The Constitution and Welsh Affairs) (since 21 Jul 2020)
- Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (since 2 Mar 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 14 Nov 2022.
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK
Name of donor: S4C
Address of donor: Canolfan S4C, Yr Egin, Carmarthen SA31 3EQ
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Hospitality for one at Wales v New Zealand
rugby match in Cardiff, estimated value £600
Date received: 30 October 2021
Date accepted: 30 October 2021
Donor status: other (public service broadcaster)
(Registered 10 December 2021)
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