A selection of Viscount Thurso's votes
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Almost always voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2012
Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
Generally voted against university tuition fees Show votes
1 vote for, 8 votes against, 2 absences, between 2004–2012
Almost always voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
9 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2013–2014
Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
1 vote for, 2 votes against, 6 absences, between 2008–2014
Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
25 votes for, 0 votes against, 6 absences, between 2012–2015
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Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 20 April 2016
Previously MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Also represented Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Topics of interest
- Work and Pensions
- Parliamentary Questions
- Departmental ICT
- Civil Servants (Relocation)
- Tax Credits
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (Joint Committee) (16 Jul 2012 to 12 Jun 2013)
- Member, Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) (23 Jun 2011 to 26 Mar 2012)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (27 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Chair, Finance and Services Committee (27 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Finance and Services Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 27 Jul 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (8 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Treasury Committee (24 Apr 2006 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Administration Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art (11 Jul 2005 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (10 May 2003 to 10 May 2005)
- Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland) (1 Jul 2001 to 10 Mar 2006)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2005)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 0 debates since joining Parliament — well below average amongst Lords. See all Viscount Thurso’s speeches
- Has received answers to 0 written questions since joining Parliament — average amongst Lords.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 38.04% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 8 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
- 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") 0 times in debates — well below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
1. Remunerated directorships
Director of International Wine and Spirit Competition Ltd, Building 17, Dunsfold Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB; organisers annual wine and spirit competition.
Fee of £2,250 received on 24 April 2014
. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 24 April 2014)
Fee of £4,500 received on 17 November 2014
. Hours: 11 hrs. (Registered 18 November 2014)
Fee of £2,250 received on 26 March 2015. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 26 March 2015)
(a) Name of donor: S W M Threipland
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) Name of donor: Simon Laird
(a) Address of donor: private
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500
(a) Donor status: individual
(a) (Registered 26 March 2015)
8. Land and Property
Moorland Estate and Hill Farm
in Altnabraec, Caithness.
9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Ulbster Holdings Ltd, which manages family properties and holds shares in family companies.
(b) Walker Greenbank PLC
, manufacturers of wallpaper and fabric (2% of share capital is owned by Ulbster Holdings Ltd).
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