A selection of Lord Beith's votes
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Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
1 vote for, 3 votes against, 5 absences, between 2008–2014
Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2011–2012
Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
14 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2012–2014
Almost always voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
9 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2010–2013
Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2004–2011
Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
19 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2008–2013
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Beith’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Beith’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, I am sorry I missed the beginning of the speech of my noble friend Lord Sharkey as a result of unaccustomed speed breaking out on the Bill’s proceedings while I was having a cup of tea. Whether this will be repeated, I do not know. I had discussions before with my noble friend to properly understand his amendment and its main aim, which is to embrace, within scrutiny...
Under the provisions of Clause 9, that could not be done before the passage of the withdrawal agreement Act. Therefore, should it be necessary, that can be done in that Act, either by specific provisions in the Act—which most of us would prefer—or by statutory instruments provided for under the Act. Nothing can happen before the withdrawal agreement Act is passed, so the idea that...
I am sure the noble and learned Lord is right, but the Government cannot do any of these things until the withdrawal agreement Bill has been passed; therefore the kind of provision he is talking about might more appropriately be made in that Bill than this one.
More of Lord Beith’s recent appearances
Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 23 November 2015
Previously MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 8 November 1973 — unknown
Also represented Berwick-upon-Tweed
Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Trade and Industry
- Unpaid Advisers
- Public Records
- Parliamentary Advisers
- Project Sponsorship
Currently held offices
- Member, Lord Speaker's committee on the size of the House (since 20 Dec 2016)
- Member, Constitution Committee (since 25 May 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons) (21 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Chair, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee (21 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (13 Jan 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate) (13 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Chair, Justice Committee (6 Nov 2007 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (5 Nov 2007 to 8 Nov 2007)
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (9 Oct 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (4 Feb 2003 to 21 Jul 2010)
- Chair, Constitutional Affairs Committee (4 Feb 2003 to 5 Nov 2007)
- Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (28 Jan 2003 to 4 Feb 2003)
- Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (30 Jul 2001 to 24 Nov 2008)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1 Jan 2001 to 24 May 2005)
- Member, Procedure Committee (14 Feb 2000 to 11 May 2001)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jan 1995 to 1 Jan 1997)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jun 1999)
- Member, Treasury & Civil Service Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 28 Nov 1994)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jan 1987 to 1 Jun 1994)
- Member, Privileges Committee (14 May 1986 to 15 May 1987)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jan 1985 to 1 Jan 1987)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
- Member, House of Commons (Services): Accomodation & Administration Sub-Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
- Member, Procedure Committee (1 Nov 1978 to 15 May 1987)
- Member, Committee of Selection (1 Nov 1978 to 9 Jun 1983)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jan 1976 to 1 Jan 1987)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 507 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Beith’s speeches
- Has received answers to 39 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst Lords.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 80.00% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — well above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 117 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 39 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
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Payment of £75. Hours: 2 hrs (April 2014
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Payment of £200. Hours: 1.5 hr. Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 3 February 2015)
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