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A selection of Lord Spicer’s votes
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Almost always voted against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 9 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2007.
Generally voted against university tuition fees Show votes
3 votes for, 9 votes against, 1 absence, between 1997–2010.
Almost always voted against more EU integration Show votes
2 votes for, 43 votes against, 3 absences, between 2008–2011.
Voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2004–2010.
Consistently voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Spicer’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Spicer’s full vote analysis page for more.
One of the reasons why the Opposition are is using the strange technique that my noble friend has exposed is in search of the word “compromise”. Surely that is something that we are going to have to look at later in the proceedings. That is because in a binary situation, you cannot have a compromise: you are either in the European Union or you are out of it. You particularly cannot reach...
My Lords, if and when we sign a trade agreement with the United States, is it not likely that food prices will fall and environmental concerns relating to standards will rise?
My Lords, this may be the last time I address this House on a point of substance—unless my health changes. My physiotherapist says that I will be playing tennis again by Christmas, which would be nice because I used to captain the parliamentary tennis team. But at the moment I do not think I could crawl here from the Bishops’ Bar in a straight line without what that nice lady has given me...
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Former Conservative Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 12 July 2010
Previously MP for West Worcestershire until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
Left the House of Lords on 29 May 2019
Entered the House of Commons on 28 February 1974 — General election
Also represented West Worcestershire; Worcestershire South
Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Home Department
- Members: Correspondence
- Parliamentary Questions
- Bovine TB
- Health Services (Worcestershire)
Other offices held in the past
- Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee (7 Jun 2001 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Treasury Sub-Committee (14 May 1998 to 11 May 2001)
- Member, Treasury Committee (16 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
- Chair, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (1 Apr 1991 to 1 Apr 1993)
- Minister of State (Department of Environment) (Housing and Planning) (3 Jan 1990 to 28 Nov 1990)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy) (13 Jun 1987 to 3 Jan 1990)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) (11 Sep 1984 to 13 Jun 1987)
- Deputy Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jul 1983 to 1 Jul 1984)
- Vice-Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jul 1981 to 1 Jul 1983)
- Member, House of Commons (Services) Committee (1 Nov 1978 to 9 Jun 1983)
- Member, House of Commons (Services): Computer Sub-Committee (1 Nov 1978 to 9 Jun 1983)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
1. Remunerated directorships
Non-executive director and President of the Association of Electricity Producers. Address: Charles House, 5-11 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR. Fulfil duties under the Companies Act
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 6hrs. (Registered 4 August 2009)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 5hrs. (Registered 21 September 2009)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 10hrs. (Registered 30 September 2009)
Received payment of £1500. Hours: 7 hrs. (Registered 29 October 2009)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 21 hrs. (Registered 1 December 2009)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 14 hrs. (Registered 31 December 2009)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 1 February 2010)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 9 hrs. (Registered 2 March 2010)
Received payment of £1,500. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 31 March 2010)
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