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A selection of Baroness Smith of Basildon's votes
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Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
45 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2006–2011
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011
Generally voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 5 absences, between 2003–2007
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 removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 1999–2007
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
8 votes for, 2 votes against, 3 absences, between 1997–2010
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, I am grateful to the Minister, but I cannot have been the only one in your Lordships’ House struggling to follow the information she gave to us. I was not 100% clear because she said that the “legal position, we think, is clear”. I do not know whether that means “We are not sure whether it is clear; we only think it is clear”, or whether those who debated this in Committee...
My Lords, I think that the Minister has just said that, before agreeing it, she will take it back to Members to see if they are happy with it because there is some complication. That was the implication of what she said: she was not going to put it forward for a vote today until she had consulted people. She is checking with the Clerk so I will keep talking for a second while she gets advice....
My Lords, I will not necessarily push this to a vote at the moment, but I say to the Minister that the reason why she says it cannot be withdrawn is that it comes into force today. If she has not consulted Members of the Committee on something so complex before bringing a Motion to your Lordships’ House today, there is a serious issue here. Are these “made affirmative” regulations,...
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, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (since 8 Jun 2015)
- 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)
- 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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