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A selection of Lord Smith of Finsbury’s votes
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Voted for more EU integration Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 13 absences, between 2008–2011.
Generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, between 1999–2003.
Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2010.
Has never voted on an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 7 absences, in 2011.
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 1997–2010.
Has never voted on fewer MPs in the House of Commons Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, in 2011.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the UK's accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on the rights of representation of UK patent attorneys before the Unified Patent Court.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK negotiators will seek to protect patent attorneys' rights of representation before the Unified Patent Court during accession negotiations to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current position in negotiations for the UK's associate membership of the Horizon Europe Programme; and what steps they are intending to take in order to protect the position of UK academics who have been awarded research grants by the European Research Council.
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Entered the House of Lords on 18 July 2005
Previously MP for Islington South and Finsbury until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election
Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury, 1983-2005. Opposition spokesman on treasury and economic affairs, 1987-1992; Principal Opposition spokesman on environmental protection, 1992-1994; on national heritage, 1994-1995; on social security, 1995-1996; on health, 1996-1997; Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997-2001. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election
Party was Labour until 11 Jul 2008
Also represented Islington South and Finsbury
Other offices held in the past
- The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (22 Jul 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)
- Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media & Sport (3 May 1997 to 8 Jun 2001)
- Secretary of State for National Heritage (3 May 1997 to 22 Jul 1997)
- Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1996 to 1 May 1997)
- Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1995 to 1 Jul 1996)
- Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1994 to 1 Jul 1995)
- Shadow Secretary of State (11 Apr 1992 to 1 Jul 1994)
- Member, Environment Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 15 May 1987)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Chairman of Classic FM
Consumers' Panel, conveying views of listeners to the Board, and ensuring the station keeps to its annual promise of performance.
Adviser to the Walt Disney Company Ltd, providing guidance in relation to film and television and other media and communications regulatory matters. (£25,001-£30,000)
Remuneration from writing, broadcasting or lecturing in 2003-4 from: Financial Times (Up to £5,000)
, Samphire Productions (£5,001-£10,000)
, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (Up to £5,000)
(London) (Up to £5,000)
, Guardian Media Group (Up to £5,000)
, Tenon Conferences (Up to £5,000)
, Evening Standard (Up to £5,000)
, Mail on Sunday (Up to £5,000)
and in 2004-5 from: Aurelia London (Up to £5,000)
Director of the Clore Programme for Cultural Leadership.
Adviser to the Music Performers-PPL
Chairman of Sub-Committee of Digital Radio Development Board producing a report on digital radio switchover for the DRDB. (£10,001-£15,000)
Chairman of London Cultural Consortium.
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK
As a board member of the Royal National Theatre, I receive tickets for productions at the theatre; the cumulative value of these in some years may by a small margin exceed the specified amount.
6. Overseas visits
5-7 November 2004, to Madrid, for the British-Spanish Tertulias, financed by the Tertulias. (Registered 19 November 2004)
21-22 January 2005, to Como, Italy
, for the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, financed by them. (Registered 4 February 2005)
10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
I have received 1000 shares in Cabinet
UK Ltd, as an adviser to the Company; this represents 2.65% of the total share value.
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