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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 Cotter’s votes
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Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 12 votes against, 1 absence, between 1997–2010.
Consistently voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 1999–2003.
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 a mixture of for and against more EU integration Show votes
7 votes for, 4 votes against, 4 absences, between 2008–2011.
Generally voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2011.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Cotter’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Cotter’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coming from a small business background as I do, I thank the Minister for the Answer. I shall quote my local paper’s warning from local stores: “Use us or lose us”. Business rates are a real burden these days, as before. May I urge the Minister to look at these issues with renewed emphasis?
My Lords, we are a nation of shopkeepers, and small outlets are the heart of our local community in Weston-super-Mare. Should the Government not have a special plan to help them? When can we expect one? Business rates are the predominant issue of concern.
More of Lord Cotter’s recent appearances
Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 5 June 2006
Previously MP for Weston-Super-Mare until 11 April 2005 — General election (stood again)
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented Weston-Super-Mare
Other offices held in the past
- Member, EU Internal Market Sub-Committee (23 Jun 2015 to 22 Jul 2015)
- Member, EU Sub Committee B - Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment (21 May 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Spokesperson for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee G - Social Policies and Consumer Protection (9 Dec 2008 to 16 May 2012)
- Spokesperson in the Lords (Skills), Innovation, Universities and Skills (27 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Spokesperson in the Lords, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (6 Jul 2007 to 6 Jul 2007)
- Spokesperson in the Lords (Small Businesses), Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (4 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Spokesperson in the Lords (Small Businesses), Trade & Industry (10 Jan 2007 to 4 Jul 2007)
- Member, Audit and Risk Committee (15 Dec 2006 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Shadow Minister (Trade & Industry), Trade & Industry (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Shadow Spokesperson (1 Jan 1999 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jan 1999 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Deregulation Committee (29 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
- Shadow Spokesperson (1 May 1997 to 1 Jan 1999)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jan 1997 to 1 Jan 1999)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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