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A selection of Baroness Smith of Basildon’s votes
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Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
45 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2006–2011.
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
8 votes for, 2 votes against, 3 absences, between 1997–2010.
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008.
Voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Baroness Smith of Basildon’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Baroness Smith of Basildon’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, the government response fails to grasp the seriousness of this issue. Not only did the former Prime Minister lobby his mates through the backdoor for Greensill Capital but it now emerges that the Government’s chief procurement officer, Mr Crothers, a full-time civil servant, was also an adviser to the Greensill Capital board, apparently en route to becoming a director. I have here...
My Lords, I had not intended to speak but will say just a brief word. I cannot speak for the noble Lord’s party, but I assure him that we on these Benches have a very open process of selection for committees. All Members are notified of committee vacancies; they are asked to apply and, in consultation, the Chief Whip makes a decision and our group discusses it. He obviously has grievances...
My Lords, despite being made a life Peer in 1993, Baroness Williams of Crosby was nearly always publicly referred to as Shirley Williams—not in ignorance, but in affection. She was of that generation of multi-skilled intellectual politicians who could easily have taken a different path in life from politics. Perhaps if Elizabeth Taylor had not pipped her at the post for the lead human role...
More of Baroness Smith of Basildon’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 8 July 2010
Previously MP for Basildon until 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005
Also represented Basildon
Currently held offices
- Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Constitutional and Devolved issues) (since 15 Apr 2020)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (since 4 Jun 2018)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (since 24 Jan 2018)
- Member, House of Lords Commission (since 1 Sep 2016)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (since 8 Jun 2015)
- Member, Committee of Selection (Lords) (since 28 May 2015)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Lords (since 27 May 2015)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Palace of Westminster (Joint Committee) (20 Jul 2015 to 27 Apr 2017)
- Member, House Committee (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 14 Dec 2015)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 14 Dec 2015)
- Member, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 5 Nov 2019)
- Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords) (6 Sep 2012 to 27 May 2015)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (6 Sep 2012 to 27 May 2015)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (17 Oct 2011 to 6 Sep 2012)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (8 Oct 2010 to 18 Mar 2013)
- Minister of State (Third Sector), Cabinet Office (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector) (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (30 Dec 2008 to 16 Jan 2009)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (13 Nov 2008 to 10 Dec 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (29 Sep 2008 to 16 Oct 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (25 Oct 2007 to 4 Aug 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (23 Jul 2007 to 11 Oct 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister), Prime Minister's Office (28 Jun 2007 to 16 Jul 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government (8 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (5 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office (14 Oct 2002 to 8 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office) (14 Oct 2002 to 5 May 2006)
- Assistant Whip (12 Jun 2001 to 14 Oct 2002)
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (12 Jun 2001 to 13 Jun 2002)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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