A selection of Lord Blencathra's votes
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Generally voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
6 votes for, 5 votes against, between 2003–2007
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007
Voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010
Consistently voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, 1 absence, between 1999–2007
Voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2008
Almost always voted against university tuition fees Show votes
1 vote for, 10 votes against, between 1997–2004
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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL6001), who were the representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain who attended the most recent meeting with Home Office officials.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 7 March (HL5766), whether they will set out what they regard as the public interest in prosecuting UK citizens who fought against ISIL forces in Syria, and not prosecuting those who fought against UK-backed forces in Syria.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following publication of the report of the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee, Russian Attempts to Influence US Domestic Energy Markets by Exploiting Social Media, published on 1 March, whether they intend to conduct an investigation to determine whether there is any evidence that Russia has issued...
More of Lord Blencathra’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 10 March 2011
Previously MP for Penrith and The Border until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
Entered the House of Commons on 28 July 1983 — unknown
Also represented Penrith and The Border
Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Home Department
- Trade and Industry
- Foot and Mouth
- Ministerial Duties
- Departmental Events
Currently held offices
- Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (since 7 Sep 2017)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Draft Communications Data Bill (Joint Committee) (28 Jun 2012 to 28 Nov 2012)
- Member, EU Sub Committee F - Home Affairs, Health and Education (17 May 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Procedure Committee (Lords) (16 May 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee F - Home Affairs (29 Mar 2011 to 16 May 2012)
- Member, Members Estimate Committee (4 Jun 2008 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Members Estimates Committee (20 Mar 2007 to 4 Jun 2008)
- Member, Liaison Committee (3 Aug 2006 to 11 May 2010)
- Chairman, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (3 Aug 2006 to 11 May 2010)
- Chairman, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (26 Jul 2006 to 11 May 2010)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (14 Jun 2006 to 26 Jul 2006)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (14 Jun 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (14 Jun 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (14 Jun 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (12 Jun 2006 to 14 Jun 2006)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (12 Jun 2006 to 14 Jun 2006)
- Opposition Chief Whip, Whips (17 Mar 2005 to 6 Dec 2005)
- Chief Whip, Parliament (10 May 2004 to 17 Mar 2005)
- Chief Whip, Whips (10 May 2004 to 17 Mar 2005)
- Member, Members Estimate Committee (29 Jan 2004 to 6 May 2010)
- Opposition Chief Whip (Commons) (18 Sep 2001 to 10 May 2005)
- Shadow Chief Whip (Commons) (18 Sep 2001 to 10 May 2005)
- Minister of State (Home Office) (27 May 1993 to 1 May 1997)
- Minister (Department of Environment) (Environment and Countryside) (14 Apr 1992 to 26 May 1993)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) (26 Jun 1989 to 15 Apr 1992)
- Government Whip (27 Jul 1988 to 24 Jul 1989)
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (18 Jun 1987 to 25 Jul 1988)
- Member, Agriculture Committee (6 Dec 1985 to 15 May 1987)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 112 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Blencathra’s speeches
- Has received answers to 714 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 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 77.99% 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 14 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") 94 times in debates — average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
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