A selection of Lord Watts's votes
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Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2012
Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
2 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, in 2010
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
11 votes for, 3 votes against, between 1997–2012
Generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
2 votes for, 21 votes against, 8 absences, between 2013–2015
Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
3 votes for, 8 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2012
Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, 4 absences, between 2008–2014
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Watts’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Watts’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, the most has been taken from the poorest communities. When you look around, you will see that the poorest communities have had the biggest cuts in their local services, whether local government or health. Why are the Government pursuing this?
My Lords, is it not clear that the Government do not understand the creative industries? Is it not about time that they set up a Joint Committee of all the departments of government to work with the creative industries to actually help rather than hinder them?
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the Higher Education Funding Council for England followed the correct procedures when it considered an application from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts for funding in 2016.
More of Lord Watts’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 3 December 2015
Previously MP for St Helens North until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented St Helens North
Topics of interest
- Education and Skills
- Trade and Industry
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Combat Clothing
- Local Government Finance
- West Coast Main Line
- Middle East
Currently held offices
- Member, Gambling Industry Committee (since 13 Jun 2019)
- Member, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (since 26 May 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
- Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee) (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Jul 2012)
- Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 18 Jun 2012)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (12 May 2010 to 1 Jun 2010)
- Member, Finance and Services Committee (17 Jul 2005 to 10 Oct 2005)
- Government Whip (10 May 2005 to 6 May 2010)
- PPS (Rt Hon John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Member, Finance and Services Committee (14 Nov 1997 to 11 May 2001)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 195 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Watts’s speeches
- Has received answers to 95 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst Lords.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 49.44% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 24 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
(a) Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000
(a) (Registered 9 April 2014)
6. Overseas visits
Address of donor: C/O Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, 6 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EQ
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights, in-country transport, accommodation and meals with a total value of £10,567.37.
Destination of visit: Hong Kong
Date of visit: 25-31 May 2014
Purpose of visit: All Party Parliamentary China Group delegation to understand more about the political and economic environment in Hong Kong and the progress towards universal suffrage and to engage with and support bids by British business.
(Registered 24 June 2014, updated 30 June 2014)
8. Land and Property
Flat in London, from which rental income is received. (Registered 16 January 2015)
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