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Alex Sobel is a Labour/Co-operative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour/Co-operative MPs.
However, Alex Sobel sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:
We have lots more plain English analysis of Alex Sobel’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Alex Sobel’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the proposed Energy White Paper will include an assessment of the role of flexibility in meeting net zero climate targets.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce the number of animals used for scientific procedures in higher education and training and (b) encourage organisations in that sector to seek replacements for the use of animals in those procedures.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report entitled, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2018, published in July 2019, what the legislative requirements were that satisfied in relation to the 252 procedures conducted on dogs to satisfy other legislation; and what tests were conducted in for those requirements.
Labour/Co-operative MP for Leeds North West
Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election
Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.