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A selection of Lord Maxton’s votes
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Almost always voted against university tuition fees Show votes
1 vote for, 2 votes against, 2 absences, between 1997–2010.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
13 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2008–2011.
Almost always voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 1 vote against, in 1999.
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, in 2011.
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Maxton’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Maxton’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, I rise very reluctantly to speak in this debate because I participated only very briefly in Committee. However, it seems to me that ID cards for all—or smart cards, as I tend to describe them —is the future. It is time to move the electoral system on, not backwards, as the Minister is trying to do by describing photo ID or whatever it might be as the way forward. The way forward...
Can the noble Baroness tell me exactly what “photo” means? Looking at the list produced by the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, it could all be contained on one identity card or, as I prefer to call it, a smart card for all.
I am very reluctant to speak, because I have sat through most of this and I did not take part in Second Reading, but if an ID card is presented at the polling station, is that taken as proof that you have voted or are voting? There is a photographic ID card.
More of Lord Maxton’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 7 July 2004
Previously MP for Glasgow Cathcart until 14 May 2001 — General election
Positions held at time of appointment: Labour Member of Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Also represented Glasgow Cathcart
Other offices held in the past
- Member, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee (2 Jul 2019 to 23 Apr 2020)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 1 Jul 2019)
- Member, Information Committee (Lords) (22 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Communications and Digital Committee (23 Apr 2007 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, BBC Charter Review Committee (24 May 2005 to 8 Nov 2006)
- Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (28 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
- Member, National Heritage Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 21 Mar 1997)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (15 Nov 1982 to 1 Feb 1985)
- Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (16 Jan 1981 to 17 Dec 1982)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 14 May 2001.
1. Remunerated directorships
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK
7-9 June 2000, British-Spanish All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting with Spanish counterparts in Edinburgh. Travel paid for by British Airways
and other expenses met from Group funds provided by our declared sponsors, British Gas
plc and the Norwich Union
plc. Travel within Edinburgh and other hospitality was provided and paid for by the Scottish Executive
. (Registered 26 June 2000)
6. Overseas visits
31 January-2 February 2001, to Seville, Spain
, with the British-Spanish All-Party Parliamentary Group, for meeting with Spanish colleagues from the Congress of Deputies
. Travel paid out of Group funds provided by declared sponsors, British Gas plc and Norwich Union plc. (Registered 14 February 2001)
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