Richard Baker

Former Labour MSP for North East Scotland

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Marischal Square 8 Dec 2015

    I, too, congratulate Kevin Stewart on bringing the debate to the chamber. The future of Aberdeen city centre is an extremely important issue and rightly excites strong opinions, including those from the reject Marischal square development campaign group, whom I welcome to the Parliament this evening. People care greatly about the city centre and are concerned about its current state, as we...
  • Scottish Parliament: Marischal Square 8 Dec 2015

    That is not what I have heard at all. Of the great majority of people in Aberdeen to whom I speak, no one has expressed to me the idea that the development will be detrimental in comparison with St Nicholas house. Indeed, I expect that even some of the members who have said in the debate that they are not in favour of Marischal square hold that opinion. I accept that there are people who do...
  • Scottish Parliament: Marischal Square 8 Dec 2015

    I do not have time—I apologise. An important element concerns the finances that will accrue to the council through the Marischal square project. Given that our city council receives significantly lower levels of funding than other local authorities, that must be a key consideration for the council administration as it seeks to protect funding for services. Although concerns have been raised...

More of Richard Baker’s recent appearances


Former Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 1 May 2003 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 11 January 2016 — Resigned

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