Lord Beith

Former MP

Liberal Democrat

A selection of Lord Beith's votes

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  • Generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
  • Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
  • Consistently voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber 7 Dec 2016

    Promoting public understanding of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary – Lord Beith. Oral questions
  • Article 50 (Constitution Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note 22 Nov 2016

    My Lords, the Constitution Committee, under the wise leadership of the noble Lord, Lord Lang of Monkton, gave the Government some helpful advice. I do not really understand why the Government did not take the advice—I fail to see why they did not go ahead and seek parliamentary approval to invoke Article 50. The appeal to the Supreme Court is pointless, unless the Government’s...
  • Strathclyde Review - Statement 17 Nov 2016

    My Lords, can I commend to the Leader of the House the transcripts of recent evidence sessions of the Constitution Committee? They illustrate so clearly that this is not merely a procedural problem for this House; the inability to amend statutory instruments has profound effects on those who have to carry out the law and would rather have it in the form of primary legislation.

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Profile

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

Expenses

Topics of interest

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • Trade and Industry
  • Defence
  • Treasury
  • Unpaid Advisers
  • Public Records
  • Correspondence
  • Parliamentary Advisers
  • Project Sponsorship

Currently held offices

  • Member, Constitution Committee (since 25 May 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee (21 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons) (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, House of Commons (Services): Accomodation & Administration Sub-Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
  • Member, Committee of Selection (1 Nov 1978 to 9 Jun 1983)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (1 Nov 1978 to 15 May 1987)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jan 1976 to 1 Jan 1987)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

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  • Has spoken in 442 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 80.77% 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") 19 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for opinion research:
Payment of £75. Hours: 2 hrs (January 2014). Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 18 July 2014)
Payment of £75. Hours: 2 hrs (April 2014). Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 18 July 2014)
Payment of £75. Hours: 2 hrs (October 2014). Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 27 November 2014)
Payment of £75. Hours: 2 hrs (November 2014). Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 24 February 2015)
Payments from Ipsos MORI, 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1FY for opinion surveys.
Payment of £200. Hours: 1.5 hr. Payment donated to my constituency party. (Registered 3 February 2015)
11. Miscellaneous
Chairman of the Historic Chapels Trust; until 13 October 2014. (Updated 17 March 2015)

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