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A selection of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top’s votes
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Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
10 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 1997–2010.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
4 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2007.
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Report from the Public Services Committee: Fit for the future? Rethinking the public services workforce – Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top.
My Lords, I am concerned that the Minister’s ambition seems to be to get back to the figures from 2016. Those who work with children, young women and women who have been abused, sexually and in other ways, know that the numbers misrepresented the problem that was out there even in 2016. A recent report from Agenda looks particularly at young women. It is searing about the experiences across...
My Lords, has the Minister noticed the appalling rise in the number of children who are now below the poverty line in the north-east of England? Up until 2010, there was a decrease in the number of children who were in that category in the north-east, but the number has risen more than in any other region and is now the highest in the country. This is shocking and of course affects their...
More of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 6 July 2010
Previously MP for North West Durham until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election
Also represented North West Durham
Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Schools and Families
- Culture Media and Sport
- Arts: Government Assistance
- Work Permits: Africa
- Early Intervention
- Family Proceedings
- Entry Clearances: Africa
Currently held offices
- Chair, Public Services Committee (since 13 Feb 2020)
- Chair, Public Services Committee (since 13 Feb 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Gambling Industry Committee (13 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2020)
- Member, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint) Committee (6 Mar 2019 to 14 Jun 2019)
- Member, EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (12 Jun 2015 to 2 Jul 2019)
- Member, European Union Committee (8 Jun 2015 to 1 Jul 2019)
- Member, Soft Power Committee (16 May 2013 to 11 Mar 2014)
- Member, Adoption Legislation Committee (29 May 2012 to 26 Feb 2013)
- Minister of State, Cabinet Office (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Minister (Cabinet Office) and Minister (Social Exclusion) and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (5 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Chief Whip (11 Jun 2001 to 8 May 2006)
- Chief Whip (8 Jun 2001 to 5 May 2006)
- Member, Education Committee (1 Jan 1998 to 1 Jan 1998)
- Minister of State (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions) (Local Government) (6 May 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)
- Minister of State (Local Government and Housing), Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (5 May 1997 to 11 Jun 2001)
- Shadow Spokesperson (1 Jan 1995 to 1 Jan 1997)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jan 1995 to 1 Jan 1997)
- Shadow Spokesperson (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jan 1995)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jan 1995)
- Member, Education, Science & Arts Committee (8 Mar 1988 to 18 Jan 1989)
- Shadow Spokesperson (1 Jan 1988 to 1 Jan 1992)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jan 1988 to 1 Jan 1992)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Member of advisory board of GovNet Communications. Address: St James Building, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6PP. (£5,001-£10,000)
18 February 2010, received £6,800 for work done in 2009: membership of the advisory board, chairing three one-day conferences, and attending an awards event. Hours: approx 36.5 hrs. (Registered 1 March 2010)
Member of Advisory Board of Sita UK (from 1 January 2010). (£5,001-£10,000)
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
I attended six matches at the Stadium of Light
, three accompanied by my husband, as guest of the Chairman of Sunderland AFC
, during the 2008-09 season. (Registered 17 June 2009)
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