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
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Lord Coaker’s votes
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Generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
7 votes for, 4 votes against, 3 absences, between 2003–2016.
Generally voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 3 absences, between 2010–2019.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
91 votes for, 14 votes against, 42 absences, between 2006–2019.
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2013.
Generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2007–2016.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
13 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2016.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Coaker’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Coaker’s full vote analysis page for more.
Progress of the update to the Integrated Review 2021 – Lord Coaker.
To ask His Majesty's Government why they announced that they are no longer going to create a single enforcement body overseeing conditions in the labour market.
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish their Modern Slavery Bill.
More of Lord Coaker’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 3 February 2021
Previously MP for Gedling until 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented Gedling
Topics of interest
Lord Coaker campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Ministry of Defence
- Home Office
- Northern Ireland
- Home Department
- Public Expenditure
Currently held offices
- Opposition Whip (Lords) (since 18 May 2021)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) (since 18 May 2021)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (since 18 May 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (16 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (14 Sep 2015 to 26 Jun 2016)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (7 Oct 2013 to 14 Sep 2015)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (7 Oct 2011 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
- Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
- Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security) (5 Oct 2008 to 9 Jun 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction) (2 Jul 2007 to 5 Oct 2008)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (5 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- The Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (13 Jun 2003 to 10 May 2005)
- Member, Social Security Committee (9 Nov 1998 to 1 Feb 1999)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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