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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Lord Knight of Weymouth's votes
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Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
43 votes for, 2 votes against, 3 absences, between 2006–2011
Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2007
Consistently voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2003–2007
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008
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My Lords, back in April my noble friend Lord Darzi told the BBC in respect of Covid-19 that “AI remains one of our strongest paths to achieve a perceptible solution but there is a fundamental need for high quality, large and clean data sets.” Much of this data gets siloed in individual companies and universities, so what are the Government doing to unify these data sources to allow...
My Lords, I remind noble Lords of my educational interests. The Education Select Committee warned Ministers in May that the model used for exam gradings may be biased against young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The former director-general for schools, Sir Jon Coles, warned them again in July, and so did Tim Oates from one of the exam boards, also in July. What happened in Scotland...
I remind noble Lords of my interests in the register. The initial focus for school leaders in September must be the well-being of children. Studying music is known to improve health and well-being as well as attainment. Given the restrictions currently in place on choirs and instrument lessons, as the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, asked, when will the Government renew the national plan for music...
More of Lord Knight of Weymouth’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 23 June 2010
Previously MP for South Dorset until 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Also represented South Dorset
Topics of interest
- Culture Media and Sport
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Trade and Industry
- Education and Skills
- Departmental Policies (South Dorset)
- Departmental Sponsorship
- Wind Turbines
- Local Government Finance (Dorset)
- Local Government Finance
Currently held offices
- Member, Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee (since 13 Jun 2019)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee (17 May 2018 to 19 Mar 2019)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (17 Oct 2011 to 18 Jul 2014)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (8 Oct 2010 to 5 Sep 2011)
- Minister of State (the South West), Regional Affairs (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (the South West), Department for Work and Pensions (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West) (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families (13 Jul 2007 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) (29 Jun 2007 to 9 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (28 Jun 2007 to 13 Jul 2007)
- Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills (3 Aug 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Minister of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills (6 Jun 2006 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Minister of State, Department for Education and Skills (8 May 2006 to 6 Jun 2006)
- Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners) (5 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (17 Jun 2005 to 8 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (11 May 2005 to 17 Jun 2005)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity) (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
- PPS (Team PPS), Department of Health (10 Apr 2005 to 11 Apr 2005)
- PPS (Ms Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department of Health (13 May 2004 to 10 Apr 2005)
- Member, Defence Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 20 Oct 2003)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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