Lord Austin of Dudley

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Referendum on the UK's Membership of the EU

There have been a number of votes in Parliament on if there should be a national referendum on the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU:

  • On 29 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to set the date of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU as the 23rd of June 2016, and to set other dates relevant to the regulation of the referendum. Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Referendum Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Referendum Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Referendum) Bill Show vote
  • On 22 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Referendum) Bill — Clause 1 — Referendum on the UK's Membership of the EU on 23 October 2014 Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to express regret that the Government had not included proposals for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU in their legislative programme. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on National Referendum on the United Kingdom's Membership of the European Union Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Bill — New Clause 11 — Referendum on EU Membership If Referendum Opposes Transfer of Powers Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring a referendum before the UK ratified the Treaty of Lisbon, a foundation of the European Union. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union (EU) Show vote

Climate Change

There have been votes in Parliament on targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and on increasing the proportion of electricity generated via renewable means as well as on the establishment of a UK Green Investment Bank, to invest in projects which, for example, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for measures to prevent climate change

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All votes about measures to prevent climate change:

  • On 24 Oct 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of a motion calling on the Government "to rebuild the economy so that it works in the interest of the many, not just handing out rewards to those at the top" and to bring forward "a green industrial revolution to decarbonise the economy and boost economic growth". Show vote
  • On 25 Jun 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on The Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Energy-Saving Materials) Order 2019 Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — New Clause 15 — VAT on Installation of Energy Saving Materials Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reducing the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes and against requiring a review of minimum energy performance requirements. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require a strategy for carbon capture and storage for the energy industry. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to set a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016 and to review it annually thereafter. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to charge the first year rate of vehicle tax, which varies substantially based on carbon dioxide emissions, for the subsequent two years as well; for a variable rate of vehicle tax based on carbon dixoide emissions for vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017 and against charging additional tax on vehicles costing over £40,000. Show vote
  • On 8 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against applying the Climate Change Levy tax to electricity generated from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Summer Budget 2015 Resolution 21 — Application of Climate Change Levy to Electricity from Renewable Sources Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow carbon dioxide emissions limits to be set in respect of existing stations which fit pollution abatement equipment. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the setting of a target range for the amount of carbon dioxide (or other greenhouse gases) produced per unit of electricity generated. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reform the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 3 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exempt electricity generation plants using carbon capture and storage technology from annual carbon dioxide emissions limits during a commissioning and proving period of up to three years. Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reforming the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the the UK Green Investment Bank to explicitly act in support of the target of reducing UK carbon emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2050. Show vote
  • On 17 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms. Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require landlords of private rented homes to make their properties meet regulations on energy efficiency by January 2016 rather than April 2018 as initially proposed. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against calling on the Government to sign up to the goals of the 10:10 campaign Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Electricity generating station performance standards — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — International aviation and shipping emission projections — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Report on the civil estate Show vote
  • On 28 Oct 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Climate Change Bill — Third Reading (and other amendments) Show vote
  • On 9 Jun 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Climate Change Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 2 Jun 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the National Policy Statement to contain policies which contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against forcing the Government to establish a renewable energy feed-in tariff Show vote
  • On 8 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Climate Change — new sense of urgency — rejected Show vote

ID Cards

There have been votes in Parliament on introducing a National Identity Register and an associated ID Card scheme to the United Kingdom.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for introducing ID cards

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All votes about introducing ID cards:

  • On 16 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Voluntary registration when applying for a passport — rejected Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Applications relating to entries in Register Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Clause 8 — Issue etc. of ID cards Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the Government to publish a detailed cost-benefit analysis of ID card scheme before it goes into force Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Clause 24 — Appointment of National Identity Scheme Commissioner Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Clause 24 — Appointment of National Identity Scheme Commissioner Show vote
  • On 18 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Timetable Show vote
  • On 18 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Identity Cards Bill — Recommittal to Select Committee Show vote
  • On 18 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Identity Cards Bill — Access to the National Identity Register Show vote
  • On 18 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Identity Cards Bill — Compulsory registration when applying for a Passport Show vote
  • On 18 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Identity Cards Bill — Timetable Show vote

University Tuition Fees

There have been votes in Parliament on tuition fees applicable to UK undergraduate students at universities in England. Subjects of specific votes have been on the subjects of introducing fees, increasing to fees, and capping fees.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against university tuition fees

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All votes about university tuition fees:

  • On 29 Jun 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for an energy price cap; for a properly resourced industrial strategy; to maintain the benefits of the European Single Market and Customs Union; to maintain the existing rights of EU nationals living in the UK and EU nationals living in the EU; for increased funding of public services; to scrap university tuition fees; to restore Education Maintenance Allowance, maintenance grants and nurses’ bursaries; to end the public sector pay cap and to increase the minimum wage. Show vote
  • On 25 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose good or outstanding schools being forced to become an academy and to oppose further increases in university tuition fees. Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Higher and Further Education — Tuition Fees Show vote
  • On 9 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the UK's undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. Show vote
  • On 9 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tuition fee cap to £6,000 per year for courses for which there are no plans in place to promote access and student finance information. Show vote

Labour's Anti-Terrorism Laws

A vote for Labour’s Anti-Terrorism Laws would have been a vote for the crime known as “Terrorism” to be treated in a different manner from murder and conspiracy to murder, and for it to have its own special category meaning that the normal rights not to be detained without charge or trial do not apply.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws

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All votes about Labour's anti-terrorism laws:

  • On 14 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2010 Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time) Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time) — Clause 1 — Temporary validity of certain Orders in Council Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time) — Clause 1 — Temporary validity of certain Orders in Council Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time) — Clause 1 — Temporary validity of certain Orders in Council Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to keep the maximum period of detention without charge for terrorist suspects at 28 days. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Control orders — Annual renewal 2008 Show vote
  • On 22 Feb 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Control Orders — Annual renewal 2007 Show vote
  • On 16 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorism Bill Show vote
  • On 16 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Clause 1 — Encouragement of Terrorism Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Clause 3 — Application of Ss. 1 and 2 to Internet Activity etc. — Giving notice Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Clause 3 — Application of Ss. 1 And 2 to Internet Activity etc. — capability Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Timetable (No. 2) Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Extension Of Period Of Detention to 90 Days Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Clause 1 — Encouragement of Terrorism — "unforeseen recklessness" Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorism Bill — Clause 1(2) — Encouragement of Terrorism — "glorifies" Show vote
  • On 3 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorism Bill — Clause 6(1) — Training for Terrorism Show vote
  • On 3 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorism Bill — Clause 8 — Attendance at a place used for Terrorist Training Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Terrorism Bill — Clause 1 — Encouragement of Terrorism — "recklessly indifferent" Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against making the offence of Encouragement of Terrorism only apply to cases where an individual intended their actions to encourage terrorism. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make glorifying the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism an offense. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Terrorism Bill — Timetable Show vote

European Union Integration

There have been votes in Parliament on the degree of the UK's integration with the European Union. Specific matters voted on include the UK's opt out from the European Union Police and Criminal Justice Measures and the establishment of a European Union External Action Service.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for more EU integration

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All votes about more EU integration:

  • On 24 Oct 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Programme for Government — Leaving the European Union Show vote
  • On 23 Oct 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to remove rights for EU, Swiss and Turkish nationals to pursue business activities in the UK following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 15 Oct 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to transfer powers to set certain technical environmental regulations from the EU to the UK on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 4 Sep 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the Prime Minister to seek a delay to the UK leaving the EU until 31 January 2020 unless MPs have approved either terms of a withdrawal agreement, or withdrawal without an agreement. Show vote
  • On 4 Sep 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the Prime Minister to seek a delay to the UK leaving the EU until 31 January 2020 unless MPs have approved either terms of a withdrawal agreement, or withdrawal without an agreement. Show vote
  • On 3 Sep 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling the House of Commons to pass a bill to require the Prime Minister to seek to delay withdrawal to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, unless doing so is approved by MPs. Show vote
  • On 25 Jun 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on The Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Energy-Saving Materials) Order 2019 Show vote
  • On 9 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Exiting the European Union — Delay Until 30 June 2019 Show vote
  • On 2 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on The Geo-Blocking Regulation (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 — Traders Discriminating Based on Nationality or Location of Customer Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on EU Withdrawal and Future Relationship — Motion (C) Customs Union Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for continued relatively free movement of goods, services, persons and capital between the UK, EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, achieved via membership of European Free Trade Association (EFTA); and for external tariff alignment between the UK and the EU. Show vote
  • On 27 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against leaving the European Union on the 12th of April 2019 without a withdrawal agreement. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Securitisation Regulations 2018 — Proposal to Revoke — Regulation of Conversion of Loans into Securities — European Union Law Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill — UK Implementation of Future EU Law — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Consumer Protection (Enforcement) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 — International Arrangements to Tackle Breaches of EU Consumer Law Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Draft Maritime Transport Access to Trade and Cabotage (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 — Delay Withdrawal — Rule-Out No-Deal — Scotland to Remain in the European Union Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill — Second Reading — UK Immigration Controls for EU Citizens Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to maintain and improve coordination and cooperation between EU member states in the field of policing and justice, particularly in relation to serious organised crime. Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Markets in Financial Instruments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the continued participation of the UK in the European Arrest Warrant a negotiating objective during negotiations over the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for greater partnership and cooperation between European Union members, the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community, and the Republic of Armenia. Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to strengthen relations between the EU, its Member States and Cuba Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to broaden engagement, dialogue and cooperation with Canada in areas of common interest, such as: human rights and democracy, international peace and security and effective multilateralism, economic and sustainable development, and justice, freedom and security. Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to strengthen cooperation between the EU, its Member States and Australia in a range of sectors of mutual interest. Show vote
  • On 18 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to consolidate and strengthen cooperation between the EU, its Member States and New Zealand in a range of sectors of mutual interest. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make retaining membership of the European medicines regulatory network a government objective. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make it a UK negotiating objective to establish a free trade area for goods between the UK and the EU and, if that cannot be agreed by the 21st of January 2019, to make reaching an agreement to enable the UK’s participation in a customs union with the EU a negotiating objective. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on seeking, as an objective for the UK's negotiation of the withdrawal agreement, full access to the internal market of the EU rather than merely European Economic Area membership. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Seek Participation in European Economic Area via EU Withdrawal Agreement Negotiations Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on a statement on how the UK's continued participation in a customs union with the EU was sought during negotiations on the withdrawal agreement. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to largely retain the EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for incompatibility with the general principles of EU law to continue to be actionable in UK courts following the UK's withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of steps designed to ensure that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU does not result in the removal or diminution of any rights, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures that contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a transition period of at least two years for the transition to a domestic nuclear regulatory regime from the framework provided via the European Atomic Energy Community. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill -Clause 9 — Continued Membership of EU Single Market and Customs Union as Prerequisite for Regulations Implementing Withdrawal Agreement Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to preserve, on the UK's withdrawal from the EU all rights, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures present in UK law as a result of the UK's membership of the EU. An explanatory statement explains the proposal not to preserve these provisions was intended as a step towards an alternative proposal to take even stronger steps to preserve them. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain a EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 20 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the UK to retain the EU's common customs tariff and common commercial policy. Show vote
  • On 20 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a transition period of at least two years prior to implementation of an agreement on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union during which existing arrangements with the EU covering trade, security, regulations and financial contributions would be maintained. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to prevent ministers withdrawing the UK from the European Economic Area, the European single market. Show vote
  • On 12 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 7 — Retention of Laws Required by the UK's Membership of the Single Market Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the UK Government to report on changes to EU legislation which form part of UK law, and to require the Government to consider adopting such changes to ensure that the rights of workers and employees in the UK are no less favourable than they would have been had the UK remained a member of the EU or EEA. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights to remain part of UK law on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the general principles of EU law derived from EU treaties, direct EU legislation, EU directives and European Court of justice case law, as part of UK law after the UK leaves the EU. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 — Consent of Devolved Legislatures Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require courts or tribunals to pay due regard to any relevant decision of the European Court after the UK's withdrawal from the EU Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Apr 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to guarantee EU derived rights, and the potential to acquire residency rights, for EU and EEA citizens legally resident in the UK. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the Prime Minister to give a series of undertakings before giving notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to seek to protect the residence rights of citizens of the European Union and their family members who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the UK to remain member of the European Atomic Agency Community (Euratom) when withdrawing from the European Union and to treat leaving Euratom separately from leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 180 — UK To Remain EU Member Unless UK Parliament Agrees Terms for Leaving Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 143 — Financial Liability of the UK towards the EU Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 26 — Agreement of Representatives of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Administrations Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on UK Withdrawal from Membership of the European Union Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of giving EU nationals currently living in the UK the right to remain. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to say the UK needs to stay in the EU. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Government Assessment of Medium Term Economic and Budgetary Position for Submission to the European Commission Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to take account of carbon dioxide emissions traded via the European Union to Emissions Trading Scheme when calculating the state of the UK carbon account for periods from 2028 onwards Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in support of a proposed EU directive on combating terrorism; and against working directly with other countries and against recognising that national security is a matter for individual nations. Show vote
  • On 24 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring digital tachographs which use satellite positioning, and can be read remotely, to enforce rules on driving time and rest periods for certain lorries and buses. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Documents — Relocation of Migrants in need of International Protection Show vote
  • On 19 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the UK to rejoin a series of European Union schemes for closer police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for continued close working between the UK and other European Union states on criminal justice as well as for associated data protection measures. Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Approvals) Bill — Clause 1 — Limitation of Scope of Europe for Citizens Programme Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Approvals) Bill — Third Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support the that view that promoting jobs and growth in the EU, including by completing the EU Single Market, is the top priority. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Approvals) Bill — Second Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement) Order 2013 Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a commitment to continue participation in the European Arrest Warrant and other schemes when opting out of police and criminal justice measures. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against opting out of all EU police and criminal justice measures adopted before December 2009 Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to consider the views of the Association of Chief Police Officers when deciding when to opt into Europol's European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training; and against making opting in conditional on Europol not being given the power to direct national law enforcement agencies to initiate investigations or share data that conflicts with national security. Show vote
  • On 22 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 6 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union — Banking Union and Economic and Monetary Union — European Banking Authority Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the UK Government to seek a real terms cut in the European Union budget Show vote
  • On 24 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union — Data Protection in the Areas of Police and Criminal Justice (EU Directive) Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to commend the Prime Minister for refusing to sign up to an EU Treaty without safeguards for the UK. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support stronger governance of the Schengen area and adding Bulgaria and Romania to it. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of an EU Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest Show vote
  • On 24 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Royal Assent — Eurozone Financial Assistance Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Establishment of the European Stability Mechanism Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union — UK Contributions to the Eurozone Financial Stabilisation Mechanism Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Bill — Clause 6 — Referendum on Emergency Financial Assistance for EU Member States Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Documents- Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions and Remuneration Policies Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union Economic Governance Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union External Action Service Show vote
  • On 17 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require public communications providers retain certain categories of communications data, which they generate or process, for a minimum period of 12 months. Show vote
  • On 11 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Deferred Divisions — second strategic energy review and european energy networks Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Motion to reject the European Working Time Directive — rejected Show vote
  • On 11 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Clause on 'Commencement' of the Bill should remain in the Bill Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — The Treaty does not affect the supremacy of the UK parliament — rejected Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Parliamentary control of decisions made at the European Union level — rejected Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Clause on 'parliamentary control of decisions' to remain in the Bill Show vote
  • On 3 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Accept the changes of terminology in the Lisbon Treaty Show vote
  • On 3 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Increase of powers of European Parliament Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to climate change — rejected Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to climate change Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Enshrine the Lisbon Treaty into UK law Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the European Union's institutions — rejected Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the European Union's institutions Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Union from regulating the conservation of marine biological resources — rejected Show vote
  • On 25 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to international development — rejected Show vote
  • On 25 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to international development Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to foreign affairs — rejected Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to foreign affairs Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Remove foreign policy role of the President of the European Council — rejected Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the single market — rejected Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the single market Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Lisbon Treaty — Prevent competition rules from becoming an exclusive policy area of the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to human rights — rejected Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to human rights Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude human rights from the policy area of the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in relation to energy — rejected Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in relation to energy Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude energy from being a shared policy area in the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in terms of justice and home affairs — rejected Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Court of Justice's regulations on police and justice matters — rejected Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Union's measures on judicial cooperation in criminal matters — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Amendment to proposed Commons timetable for debate — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Commons timetable for debate Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 12 Dec 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on European Community Documents — Funding of European political parties Show vote
  • On 19 Nov 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on European Communities (Finance) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Nov 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on European Community Documents — European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on European Union — A Citizens' Agenda Show vote
  • On 16 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill — Disapplication of European Communities Act 1972 — rejected Show vote

Ministers Intervening in Inquests

There have been votes in Parliament on the powers of ministers to intervene in inquests. Specific votes were held on questions including if the Secretary of State ought be able to order a coroner's inquest to take place without a jury and if a minister ought be able to suspend a coroner's inquest.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests

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All votes about allowing ministers to intervene in inquests:

  • On 12 Nov 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Coroners and Justice Bill — Schedule 1 — Explicit Approval of Lord Chief Justice Required for Minister to Suspend Coroner's Inquiry -rejected Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the Lord Chancellor (a minister) to suspend an inquest and replace it with an inquiry and to allow the use of intercepted communications evidence in inquests. Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Coroners and Justice Bill — Condemn the Coroners and Justice Bill — rejected Show vote
  • On 10 Jun 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Counter-Terrorism Bill — Disallow inquests without a jury in England and Wales — rejected Show vote
  • On 10 Jun 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Counter Terrorism Bill — Lord Chief Justice to appoint "special coroners" — rejected Show vote

Autonomy for Schools

There have been votes in Parliament on giving greater autonomy for schools, including on if more schools should be able to obtain the financial and managerial freedom from local authority control associated with "academy" status, and the degree of freedom schools ought have in relation to admissions policies.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against greater autonomy for schools

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All votes about greater autonomy for schools:

  • On 29 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require all teachers in all state-funded schools to have, or be working towards, Qualified Teacher Status. Show vote
  • On 30 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require state school teachers to have, or be working towards, qualified teacher status. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require school governing bodies and head teachers comply with standards set out by the Secretary of State in relation to the provision of independent careers guidance. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against more academy schools, free early education for 3 and 4 year olds, restricting reporting on allegations against teachers, and to abolish five education related quangos. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposals which would have allowed the establishment of free schools, resulted in the abolition of a range of teaching related bodies, allowed student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and allowed teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Clause 16 — Pre-commencement applications etc Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Permitting Special Schools to Become Academies Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — New Academies Only Where There is Proven Need -rejected Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Personal, Social and Health Education in Academy School Curricula -rejected Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Require Academies to Comply with the School Admissions Code — rejected Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Academy Schools to Comply with Exclusion and Behaviour Legislation — rejected Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Selective Schools Becoming Academies Exempt from Requirement to Provide Education for Pupils of Different Abilities Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 24 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Education and Inspections Bill — Regulate schools' admissions policies — rejected Show vote
  • On 24 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Education and Inspections Bill — End selection by ability — rejected Show vote
  • On 24 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Education and Inspections Bill — Requirement "to have regard to" the Secretary of State's Code for School Admissions — rejected Show vote
  • On 24 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Education and Inspections Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 23 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Education and Inspections Bill — Duty to encourage schools to become foundation schools — rejected Show vote
  • On 23 May 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Education and Inspections Bill — Acceptance of school rules a condition of admission — rejected Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Education and Inspections Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Removing Hereditary Peers from the House of Lords

There have been votes in Parliament on the removal of the hereditary peers from the House of Lords.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords

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All votes about removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords:

  • On 19 Oct 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on House of Lords Reform and Size of the House of Commons Show vote
  • On 10 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords, introducing 15 year terms for most members and introducing an elected element. Show vote
  • On 23 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Establishment of Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on House of Lords Reform — Remove Hereditary Places Show vote

Proportional Representation When Electing MPs

There have been votes in Parliament on if the system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons should change to a one where the proportion of seats won by a political party better reflects the proportion of the vote they win.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs

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All votes about a more proportional system for electing MPs:

  • On 20 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Electoral Reform (Proportional Representation and Reduction of Voting Age) Show vote
  • On 16 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) (House of Commons) Bill — Leave to Bring In Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 8 — 40% Minimum Turnout for Automatic Action on AV Referendum Result Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Part 3 — Question for referendum on the system for electing MPs Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the proposed Autumn 2011 referendum on the system for electing MPs to be on moving to the Alternative Vote system rather than on moving to the Single Transferable Vote. Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of a referendum on using the alternative vote system for parliamentary elections being held no later than 31 October 2011. Show vote

Asylum

A vote for a stricter asylum system would be a vote to tighten the criteria for granting asylum, to set greater restrictions on activities asylum seekers are permitted to undertake, and to reduce the support provided to those seeking asylum.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for a stricter asylum system

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All votes about a stricter asylum system:

  • On 25 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Asylum Seekers: Permission to Work after Six Months Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clause 8 — Offence of Illegal Working Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clauses 13-16 — Residential Tenancies Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Support for Failed Asylum Seekers and Illegal Migrants Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clause 34 — Human Rights Appeals within the United Kingdom Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigation Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 25 Jul 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on The Asylum (Designated States) Order 2007 Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Allow failed asylum seekers to be given cash rather than vouchers — rejected Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Prevent the government from interpreting the Geneva Convention so that terrorism can be used as grounds to dismiss asylum claims — rejected Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Third Reading Show vote

Royal Mail

There have been votes in Parliament on the privatisation of Royal Mail. Royal Mail was privatised in October 2013.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against the privatisation of Royal Mail

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All votes about the privatisation of Royal Mail:

  • On 12 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require a ten year agreement between Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd relating to Royal Mail's use of the post office network prior to the sale of Royal Mail. Show vote
  • On 12 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against privatising up to 90% of Royal Mail and against related restructuring. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against moves intended to permit the privatisation of Royal Mail and to make the company more attractive to private investors. The vote was also against changing the rules relating to ownership of the Post Office and against passing provisions modifying the regulation of postal services, particularly to protect the UK's universal postal service. Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Royal Mail — Rapid partial privatization — rejected Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Royal Mail — Notes Conservatives' failure to invest Show vote

Encouragement of Occupational Pensions

A vote to encourage occupational pensions is a vote to promote workplace pension schemes for example by making them tax efficient and easy for employers to run and for employees to understand.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against encouraging occupational pensions

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All votes about encouraging occupational pensions:

  • On 18 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against accelerating raising the state pension age to 66, against amending the rules on enrollment to occupational pensions and against taking a pension contribution from judges' pay. Show vote
  • On 20 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against accelerating raising the state pension age to 66, against amending the rules on enrollment to occupational pensions and against taking a pension contribution from judges' pay. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose measures intended to make workplace pensions more attractive. Show vote
  • On 8 Mar 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Delegated Legislation — Pensions — Automatic Enrolment Regulations Show vote

VAT Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate at which Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against increasing the rate of VAT

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All votes about increasing the rate of VAT:

  • On 25 Jun 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on The Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Energy-Saving Materials) Order 2019 Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the measures in the Finance Bill including against an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and against capping the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — House Building — Bankers' Bonus Tax — VAT on Work on Homes Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cut VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for measures to stimulate economic growth and job creation; for a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for over a year; to reduce VAT; for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create jobs; to tax bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for a year; to cut VAT; to give a tax break to small firms taking on more workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reducing public transport fares, and reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create 100,000 jobs and build 25,000 homes using funds raised via a bank bonus tax, to reduce VAT on home improvements and for tax breaks for small firms taking on new workers. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to start long-term investment projects sooner, to reduce VAT on home improvements and repairs, and to give a tax break to small companies employing new workers. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to introduce a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; to make investment sooner; to reducing VAT, and to introduce a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, to make planned investment sooner, to reduce VAT and for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — No Increase in VAT Rate for Charities — rejected Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Require Impact Assessments Before VAT Increase — rejected Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% Show vote

Equalise Number of Electors Per Parliamentary Constituency

There have been votes in Parliament on equalising the number of people who elect each MP. Specific votes have been held on if there ought be exceptions to rules aimed at equalising the size of constituencies for special cases such as Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency

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All votes about an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency:

  • On 18 Nov 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to keep the number of MPs at 650, and permit 5% more flexibility in the variation of the number of electors per constituency. Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to postpone reviewing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies until 2018 and also to delay a review into the effect of reducing the number of MPs Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the permitted variation from the norm in the number of voters in each parliamentary constituency to 7.5% from the 5% previously proposed. Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the permitted variation from the norm in the number of voters in each parliamentary constituency to 7.5% from the 5% previously proposed. Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing a Parliamentary constituency to cover both part of the Isle of Wight and part of the UK mainland. Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against creating two Parliamentary constituencies wholly on the Isle of Wight rather than just one. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 1 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats Show vote
  • On 1 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the number of MPs to 600 and against equalising the number of electors in each UK Parliamentary constituency. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a referendum on using the Alternative Vote system in general elections and for parliamentary constituency boundary changes which would have reduced the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Show vote

Civil Service Redundancy Payments

There have been votes in Parliament on introducing a cap on civil service redundancy payments.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against capping civil service redundancy payments

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All votes about capping civil service redundancy payments:

  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the agreement of civil servants before their severance payments can be reduced (capped). Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cap civil service redundancy payments. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against caping civil service redundancy payments. Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping civil service redundancy payments at a maximum of 12 months’ pay for compulsory redundancy and 15 months’ for voluntary exits. Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against caping civil service redundancy payments. Show vote

Automatic Enrolment in Occupational Pensions

A vote for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions is a vote for low-to-mid income earners to be enrolled into pension schemes automatically.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions

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All votes about automatic enrolment in occupational pensions:

  • On 28 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose measures intended to make workplace pensions more attractive. Show vote
  • On 8 Mar 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Delegated Legislation — Pensions — Automatic Enrolment Regulations Show vote

Undergraduate Tuition Fees - England

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of undergraduate tuition fees universities in England are permitted to charge students from the UK.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year

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All votes about raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year:

  • On 9 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the UK's undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. Show vote

Number of MPs in the House of Commons

There have been votes in Parliament on reducing the number of MPs in the House of Commons and reviewing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons

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All votes about fewer MPs in the House of Commons:

  • On 18 Nov 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to keep the number of MPs at 650, and permit 5% more flexibility in the variation of the number of electors per constituency. Show vote
  • On 19 Oct 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on House of Lords Reform and Size of the House of Commons Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to postpone reviewing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies until 2018 and also to delay a review into the effect of reducing the number of MPs Show vote
  • On 1 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to order a review of the number and size of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales within a year of deciding to go ahead with a referendum in Wales on additional devolution to the Welsh Assembly. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to keep the number of MPs at 650, rather than reduce it to 600. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a referendum on using the Alternative Vote system in general elections and for parliamentary constituency boundary changes which would have reduced the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Money) Show vote

Coalition Programme for Government - For

the policies outlined in the "programme for government" also known as the "coalition agreement" agreed between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are right.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against the policies included in the 2010 Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement

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All votes about the policies included in the 2010 Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement:

  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 7 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Football Governance Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; and also in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security; and also in favour of more frequent reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and for the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation to review the operation and regulation of investigatory powers by May 2015. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 7 May 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a ban on selling alcohol below a set minimum price. Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a High Speed Rail link between London and the West Midlands. Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a High Speed Rail link between London and the West Midlands. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the rate of the bank levy tax and against changes aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the levy. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the current badger culls. Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Recall of Elected Representatives — Power for Voters to Prompt New Election Before Term of Office Ends Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote
  • On 22 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 26 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote
  • On 26 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote
  • On 5 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed badger cull. Show vote
  • On 5 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against culling badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reform the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to postpone reviewing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies until 2018 and also to delay a review into the effect of reducing the number of MPs Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reforming the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 25 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the badger cull which was aimed at tackling bovine tuberculosis. Show vote
  • On 16 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on National Health Service — Health Spending and Rationing by Cost Show vote
  • On 10 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords, introducing 15 year terms for most members and introducing an elected element. Show vote
  • On 27 Jun 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing individual voter registration and other changes to electoral registration and the administration of elections. Show vote
  • On 26 Jun 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the Government to strengthen the military covenant and to request a reassessment of the assumptions on which the Strategic Defence and Security Review was based. Show vote
  • On 23 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Individual Electoral Registration to replace the previous household based system. Show vote
  • On 23 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing individual voter registration and other changes to electoral registration and the administration of elections. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Banking — Access to Credit for Businesses — Banking Sector Pay Reform Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — 3 May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 — May 2012 Referendum on a Directly Elected Mayor Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring Birmingham City Council to hold a referendum on 3rd May 2012 on if to have a directly elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring Bradford City Council to hold a referendum on 3rd May 2012 on if to have a directly elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against cutting the subsidy for electricity generated via renewable or low-carbon methods on 12 December 2011 and against ensuring the future of the payments. Show vote
  • On 7 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require transitional arrangements where regional planning policies called regional strategies are abolished. Show vote
  • On 11 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of measures including requiring the police to destroy fingerprints and DNA taken in certain circumstances; against introducing a CCTV code of practice; against banning wheel clamping on private land and against new Freedom of Information provisions for datasets. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing elected police and crime commissioners for each police area in England and Wales outside of London. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners and in favour instead of Police and Crime Panels electing commissioners from among their number. Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote
  • On 16 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a legally binding Military Covenant set out in law. Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the permitted variation from the norm in the number of voters in each parliamentary constituency to 7.5% from the 5% previously proposed. Show vote
  • On 15 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against creating two Parliamentary constituencies wholly on the Isle of Wight rather than just one. Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a banking levy, a tax charged as a fraction of a bank's assets, and for a financial transaction tax. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 12 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against privatising up to 90% of Royal Mail and against related restructuring. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to keep the number of MPs at 650, rather than reduce it to 600. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the number of MPs to 600 and against equalising the number of electors in each UK Parliamentary constituency. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose the combination of preparations for a referendum on the Alternative Vote electoral system with redrawing constituency boundaries. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a referendum on using the Alternative Vote system in general elections and for parliamentary constituency boundary changes which would have reduced the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Require Academies to Comply with the School Admissions Code — rejected Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to criticise the economic measures contained in the Liberal - Conservative Coalition's programme for government Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose the Government's programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to criticise the Liberal - Conservative Coalition's programme for government Show vote

Spending on Welfare Benefits

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of spending on welfare benefits. Specific matters voted on include a cap on the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year, the rate of increase of various benefits, and the operation of specific benefits.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 16 Nov 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance — Analysis of Impact of Changes on Those with Different Incomes Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cut housing benefit for recipients in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Required to Participate in Activities Intended to Increase Their Chances of Obtaining Work Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; for plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and for a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed cuts to tax credits and for investment aimed at growing a productive economy focused on science, technology and green jobs. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a transitional scheme to protect those currently receiving tax credits as reductions in the amounts paid are brought in. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the household benefit cap, against freezing the rate of many working-age benefits, against reducing social rents in England and against other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility — Aiming for Budget Surplus — Cap on Welfare Spending Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the household benefit cap, against freezing the rate of many working-age benefits, against reducing social rents in England and against other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against setting the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015 Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cap specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to increase by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% given an increase in prices of 2.2%. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping proposed increases in working age benefits and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to rise by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012 — Individual Benefits Cap Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for those who have been ill or disabled since their youth to receive Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment to continue to receive contribution based Employment and Support Allowance after the usual 365 day limit is reached. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to set the lower rate of the Universal Credit payment in relation to disabled children and young people at a minimum of two-thirds of the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the housing cost element of universal credit to be sufficient to cover the actual cost of housing for social tenants in cases where no offer of alternative accommodation has been made and the household has no more than one spare bedroom. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against moving from a national council tax benefit to a system of local councils administering council tax reductions for those in financial need. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to introduce a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exclude up to fifty thousand pounds in an ISA from the assessment of capital used to determine if someone in work is eligible for Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote

Central Government Funding for Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of funding for local councils.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against reducing central government funding of local government

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about reducing central government funding of local government:

  • On 5 Feb 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against setting the main central government grant to local government for 2018-19 at a level 56% lower than it was set for 2017-18. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance (England) 2018-19 — Level of Revenue Support Grant Show vote
  • On 22 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance (England) Show vote
  • On 10 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance (England) Show vote
  • On 10 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against setting the main central government grant to local government for 2015-16 at a level 25% lower than it was set for 2014-15. Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against approving the amounts of Revenue Support Grant proposed by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to pay to local councils in 2013-14 Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing funding for local councils by 4 percent in 2011-12 compared to 2010-11. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of expressing regret in relation to central funding of local government and to base future decisions on local government funding on fairness, protecting front line services and promoting growth. Show vote

Housing Benefit Reduction For Those Deemed to have Excess Bedrooms

There have been votes in Parliament on the introduction, and operation of, a policy to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. This policy has been called the "Bedroom Tax" by Labour and some commentators .

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax"):

  • On 8 May 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils the freedom to decide if benefits to cover housing costs should be reduced in respect of excess bedrooms in cases of new local council secure tenancies offered to victims of domestic abuse. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to abolish housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to scrap the penalty for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms; to freeze energy bills; and to increase pay rates in Wales. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for an exception from the excess bedroom benefit penalty for people who require an extra bedroom due to their need for care. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for exemptions to the benefit penalty applied to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and to require a report on affordable housing. Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain an exemption from housing benefit penalties due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms which applied to those who've continuously received the benefit in the same property since before 1 January 1996. Show vote
  • On 12 Feb 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit and Universal Credit — Regular Payments and Penalty for Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to publish the results of research into food banks; to freeze energy prices; for a water affordability scheme; for measures to end abuses of zero hours contracts; to incentivise those paying the living wage and to abolish the under-occupancy penalty for social housing tenants. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the housing cost element of universal credit to be sufficient to cover the actual cost of housing for social tenants in cases where no offer of alternative accommodation has been made and the household has no more than one spare bedroom. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Benefits for Those Unemployed Due to Illness or Disability

The amount of welfare benefits paid to those unemployed due to disability or illness has been the subject of a number of votes in Parliament.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability:

  • On 20 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cut housing benefit for recipients in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Required to Participate in Activities Intended to Increase Their Chances of Obtaining Work Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the household benefit cap, against freezing the rate of many working-age benefits, against reducing social rents in England and against other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for those who have been ill or disabled since their youth to receive Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment to continue to receive contribution based Employment and Support Allowance after the usual 365 day limit is reached. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to set the lower rate of the Universal Credit payment in relation to disabled children and young people at a minimum of two-thirds of the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Welfare Benefit Levels

Welfare benefits are payments, including tax credits, which the Government makes to those on who are on low incomes or who meet certain criteria. There have been votes in Parliament on the level of these payments and if they should increase at least in line with prices.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

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All votes about raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices:

  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against setting the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015 Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cap specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to increase by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% given an increase in prices of 2.2%. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping proposed increases in working age benefits and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to rise by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Show vote

NHS Commissioning

There have been votes in Parliament on if GPs should buy services such as out of hours care, ambulance services and hospital care on behalf of their patients.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients

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All votes about reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients:

  • On 23 Oct 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Programme for Government — National Health Service Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Health and Social Care Bill — Drop the Bill — Cross Party Talks on NHS Commissioning Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a fundamental change to the Government's plans for NHS reforms and to drop the proposed market-based approach. Show vote
  • On 16 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the Government's NHS reorganisation. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote

NHS Services for Private Patients

There have been votes in Parliament on restricting the ability of NHS Trusts to generate income from private patients.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS

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All votes about restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS:

  • On 13 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce the amount of income a NHS foundation trust is permitted to make from private patients. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Health and Social Care Bill — Drop the Bill — Cross Party Talks on NHS Commissioning Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed NHS reforms including giving more power to GPs to commission services, strengthening the Care Quality Commission, and cutting admin costs for example by abolishing Primary Care Trusts. Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to continue restricting the amount of income a foundation trust can earn from private charges, known as the "private patient income cap". Show vote
  • On 16 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the Government's NHS reorganisation. Show vote

Third Party Campaigning in Elections

There have been votes in Parliament on the regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections

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All votes about greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections:

  • On 26 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make clear charities can undertake political campaigning. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exclude staff costs from the controls on spending by campaigners who are not candidates, or who are not putting up candidates, in general elections. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to limit what counts as controlled expenditure by third parties in general elections to only expenditure on election materials and unsolicited phone calls. Show vote
  • On 9 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for lesser restrictions on the activities of campaigners who are not candidates or are not putting up candidates during elections. Show vote
  • On 9 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to reduce the amount campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, are permitted to spend on elections, and not to reduce the spending threshold at which such campaigners are required to register. Show vote
  • On 9 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote
  • On 10 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against regulating and restricting all spending broadly connected with an election by those campaigning who are not candidates, or putting up candidates, with an exemption for communications with an organisation's own supporters. Show vote
  • On 10 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to reduce the amount campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, are permitted to spend on elections, and not to reduce the spending threshold at which such campaigners are required to register. Show vote
  • On 10 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping the amount a campaigner who is not a candidate or putting up candidates can spend in each individual constituency during an election period at £9,750. Show vote
  • On 10 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against regulating and restricting election related campaigning by those who are who are not candidates, or putting up candidates, when it involves spending on advertising and material delivered to households etc. but not when it involves informing people about their candidates or communicating with their own organisation's supporters. Show vote
  • On 3 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote
  • On 3 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote

Corporation Tax Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate of tax charged on a company's profits.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax

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All votes about reducing the rate of corporation tax:

  • On 6 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Clause 45 — Rate of Corporation Tax for Financial Year 2020 Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the main rate of corporation tax for the financial year 2020 from 18% to 17%. Show vote
  • On 11 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against changing the way dividends are taxed, against cutting capital gains tax, and against reducing the amount which can be taken out of a pension tax-free from £1.25m to £1m. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on March 2016 Budget Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the measures in the Finance Bill including against an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and against capping the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to charge corporation tax during 2014-15 Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the basic income tax free allowance, against cutting corporation tax, and against the other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Income Tax Personal Allowance

There have been votes in Parliament on the earnings threshold at which an individual starts to become subject to income tax.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax

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All votes about raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax:

  • On 19 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Clause 5 — Basic Rate Limit and Personal Allowance for 2019-20 and 2020-21 Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against of proposed changes to the taxation system, including rises in the income thresholds for both starting to pay income tax, and for being charged income tax at the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed changes to the taxation system, including rises in the income thresholds for both starting to pay income tax, and for being charged income tax at the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 1 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolution 5 — Basic Rate Limit and Personal Allowance for Tax Year 2019-20 Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 11 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against changing the way dividends are taxed, against cutting capital gains tax, and against reducing the amount which can be taken out of a pension tax-free from £1.25m to £1m. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on March 2016 Budget Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the measures in the Finance Bill including against an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and against capping the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the basic income tax free allowance, against cutting corporation tax, and against the other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote

Income Tax Additional Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate of income tax which applies to income over £150,000. This is the top income tax band known as the additional rate.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000

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All votes about increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000:

  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against charging income tax in the 2015-16 financial year and against setting the basic rate at 20%, the higher rate at 40% and the additional rate at 45%. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the top rate of income tax. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against cutting the income tax rate applied to those earning over £150,000 a year. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 28 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against cutting the top rate of income tax applying to income over £150,000 from 50% to 45%. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Reduction in Income Tax Rate Applying to Income Over £150,000 Show vote

Financial Support for 16-19 Year Olds in Education and Training

There have been votes in Parliament on providing financial support for 16-19 year olds in education or training; particularly following the replacement of the education maintenance allowance.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education

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All votes about ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education:

  • On 19 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote

Retention of Business Rates by Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on reforming the way local councils are funded including a switch from central grants to allowing councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against local councils keeping money raised from taxes on business premises in their areas

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All votes about local councils keeping money raised from taxes on business premises in their areas:

  • On 20 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention and Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) and (Levy Account: Basis of Distribution) Regulations 2019 Show vote
  • On 13 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against approving the amounts of Revenue Support Grant proposed by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to pay to local councils in 2013-14 Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to delay enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing ocal councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote

Support for Those Unable to Afford Council Tax

There have been votes in Parliament on the question of localising the systems for helping those in financial need pay council tax by abolishing the council tax benefit and replacing it with local council tax reduction schemes.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

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All votes about making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support:

  • On 21 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against moving from a national council tax benefit to a system of local councils administering council tax reductions for those in financial need. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing ocal councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote

Bankers' Bonus Tax

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of taxation applied to Banker' Bonuses. In 2009 a one-off 50% tax on on any individual discretionary bonus over £25,000 paid to a banker was levied and there have been a number of votes since on reintroducing such a tax.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for a banker’s bonus tax

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All votes about a banker’s bonus tax:

  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to provide those who've been on Jobseeker's Allowance for a period an offer of a paid job with training that they must take up or lose their benefits. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for consideration of a new tax on bankers' bonuses. Show vote
  • On 28 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a bank bonus tax to fund jobs for young people and for an impact assessment of disability benefit changes. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — House Building — Bankers' Bonus Tax — VAT on Work on Homes Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — New Clause 13 — Report on Bankers' Bonus Tax Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for measures to stimulate economic growth and job creation; for a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for over a year; to reduce VAT; for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create jobs; to tax bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for a year; to cut VAT; to give a tax break to small firms taking on more workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the chancellor to review the possibility of reintroducing a tax on bankers' bonuses and how the revenue raised could be spent on tackling unemployment. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for urgent action to kickstart the economy to promote jobs and growth, for a tax on bankers' bonuses and for the government to fund 100,000 jobs for young people. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create 100,000 jobs and build 25,000 homes using funds raised via a bank bonus tax, to reduce VAT on home improvements and for tax breaks for small firms taking on new workers. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to start long-term investment projects sooner, to reduce VAT on home improvements and repairs, and to give a tax break to small companies employing new workers. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to introduce a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; to make investment sooner; to reducing VAT, and to introduce a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, to make planned investment sooner, to reduce VAT and for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 13 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a tax on bank bonuses to be spent on creating 100,000 jobs and building 25,000 affordable homes; for increased funding to support businesses; for more apprenticeships; and for a VAT cut. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Youth Employment Bill — Youth Training and Employment — Bank Bonus Budget Tax Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the chancellor to review the possibility of reintroducing a tax on bankers' bonuses and how the revenue raised could be spent on tackling unemployment. Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy Show vote

Same Sex Marriage

There have been votes in Parliament on the question of if same sex couples ought be allowed to marry.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for allowing marriage between two people of same sex

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All votes about allowing marriage between two people of same sex:

  • On 9 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to permit same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of various amendments to acts of Parliament in light of the introduction of same sex marriage. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make same sex marriage available to armed forces personnel outside the UK. Show vote
  • On 21 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote

Academy Schools

Schools with "Academy Status" are given financial independence and freedom from local authority control. Votes have also been held on what requirements ought be made of Academy Schools in relation to admissions, exclusions and personal, social and health education.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against academy schools

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All votes about academy schools:

  • On 25 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to oppose good or outstanding schools being forced to become an academy and to oppose further increases in university tuition fees. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Schools White Paper — Academies Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on March 2016 Budget Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against more academy schools, free early education for 3 and 4 year olds, restricting reporting on allegations against teachers, and to abolish five education related quangos. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposals which would have allowed the establishment of free schools, resulted in the abolition of a range of teaching related bodies, allowed student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and allowed teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Clause 16 — Pre-commencement applications etc Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Permitting Special Schools to Become Academies Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — New Academies Only Where There is Proven Need -rejected Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote

Use of UK Military Forces In Combat Abroad

There have been votes in Parliament on the use of UK Military Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas

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All votes about use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas:

  • On 2 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support UK airstrikes against ISIL in Syria Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support UK airstrikes against ISIL in Syria Show vote
  • On 26 Sep 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for UK air strikes in Iraq to support Iraqi forces' efforts against ISIL. Show vote
  • On 29 Aug 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons Show vote
  • On 29 Aug 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons Show vote
  • On 21 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya. Show vote
  • On 9 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (Backbench Business) Show vote

Tax Avoidance

Parliament has voted on measures, including the introduction of a general anti-abuse rule, aimed at tackling abusive tax avoidance.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against measures to reduce tax avoidance

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All votes about measures to reduce tax avoidance:

  • On 12 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against of proposed changes to the taxation system, including rises in the income thresholds for both starting to pay income tax, and for being charged income tax at the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed changes to the taxation system, including rises in the income thresholds for both starting to pay income tax, and for being charged income tax at the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require multinational enterprises to publish a country by country tax strategy including information on their attitude to tax planning. Show vote
  • On 19 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority duties to combat abusive tax avoidance arrangements, including by ascertaining and recording the beneficial ownership of trusts. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Tax Avoidance and Evasion Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of introducing a penalty regime for the general anti-abuse rule and in favour of other measures intended to reduce tax avoidance. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a review of the potential for new internationally co-ordinated laws requiring greater transparency on how much tax multi-national companies pay to the UK and other countries. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote

Incentives for Companies to Invest in Assets

The tax incentive for companies to invest in assets (eg. new equipment) is determined by the "annual investment allowance" - the amount spent on investing assets in a year which companies (or self-employed individuals) can deduct from their profits prior to the calculation of corporation tax.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in assets

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All votes about stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in assets:

  • On 2 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 1 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, and against giving a greater tax incentive to companies investing in assets, as well against other measures in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the tax incentives for companies to invest in assets. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to criticise the economic measures contained in the Liberal - Conservative Coalition's programme for government Show vote

Rail Fares

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of regulating, and capping, rail fares.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for slowing the rise in rail fares

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All votes about slowing the rise in rail fares:

  • On 4 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the government to get more people into work, bring forward capital investment, introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee, reintroduce a 10% rate of income tax paid for by a mansion tax, act on "rip off" rail fares and soaring energy costs, stand up for families in the private rented sector, reform pensions, curb payday lenders, and reform banking, planning and the skills system. Show vote
  • On 9 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cap rail fare increases and to ban the introduction of a new category of ticket for super-peak trains. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cap annual rail fair increases at 1% above inflation and to ban increases in excess of that limit. Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reducing public transport fares, and reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to prevent individual rail fares being increased by more than the amount of the Government's cap, which applied to average increases. Show vote

Fuel Taxes

There have been votes in Parliament on the rates of taxation applying to fuel for motor vehicles.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles

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All votes about lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles:

  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing taxes on fuel by 3% as of January 2013. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cut VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the basic income tax free allowance, against cutting corporation tax, and against the other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reducing public transport fares, and reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote
  • On 16 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Reduction of Fuel Duties for the Most Remote Areas Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote

Taxes on Alcoholic Drinks

There have been votes in Parliament on the rates of taxation applying to alcoholic drinks.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against higher taxes on alcoholic drinks

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All votes about higher taxes on alcoholic drinks:

  • On 18 Apr 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed budget for 2013-14 which proposed raising £612bn and spending £720bn; continuing to reduce corporation tax, introducing a scheme to help people buy homes worth up to £600,000 and to increase the personal income tax allowance for those of working age. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to cut VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the basic income tax free allowance, against cutting corporation tax, and against the other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2012 budget which planned spending of £683bn against expected revenue of £592bn and also increased the income tax personal tax free allowance, reduced corporation tax, introduced a new top rate of Stamp Duty and introduced a tax to recover child benefit from households with an individual earning over £50K. Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the March 2011 budget which outlined £710 billion of government spending for 2011-12 while only expecting to bring in £589bn; a corporation tax cut, an increase in the personal income tax free allowance and a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolutions — 10. Alcoholic liquor duties (rates) Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase taxes on alcoholic drinks. Show vote

Powers of Local Councils

There have been votes in Parliament on the extent of powers devolved to local government on a range of matters from planning to the regulation of street trading.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for more powers for local councils

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All votes about more powers for local councils:

  • On 23 May 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Boundary Changes — West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council — Review by Local Government Boundary Commission Show vote
  • On 23 May 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Proposal for Single Tier of Local Government in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole — Invitation from the Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 8 May 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils the freedom to decide if benefits to cover housing costs should be reduced in respect of excess bedrooms in cases of new local council secure tenancies offered to victims of domestic abuse. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — New Clause 9 — Requirement for Planning Permission for the Demolition or Change of Use of Drinking Establishments Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Neighbourhood Planning Bill — Clause 12 — Power for Secretary of State to Ban Certain Types of Planning Conditions in England Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exempt local councils from having to require discounted starter homes on certain new developments if they provide affordable home ownership via other routes. Show vote
  • On 9 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for local councils, rather than central Government, , to determine how many starter homes to be sold to first time buyers at a discount are to be required to be provided in new residential developments. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the local retention of funds from selling high value council homes where there is a local need for social housing. Show vote
  • On 3 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 13 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Schools White Paper — Academies Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving local government powers to vary the restrictions on large shops opening on Sundays. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the consent of the devolved administrations and local government before applying new regulations on trade union activity within their areas of responsibility. Show vote
  • On 21 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing the creation of a combined authority to be made conditional on the authority having an elected mayor. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and against enabling councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is merely "desirable", rather than "necessary" to "protect the amenity of the locality". Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for local government to have powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to boost housing supply by reforming the development industry; for measures to tackle landbanking; for a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities and for giving local authorities a new right to grow to deliver the homes their communities need. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to only allow the Secretary of State to issue a direction to a local council relating to compliance with the code of practice on local authority publicity where evidence of a breach of a code has been sent to the authority and, if the authority has replied, that a report from the Secretary of State in light of that reply has been published. Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils the power to remove householders' permitted development rights. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for more regulation of the private rental sector, a national register of landlords, clearer information on charges, and the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 1 — Planning Applications Directly to Secretary of State Show vote
  • On 21 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against making the sale of motor vehicles on the internet, where the vehicle is kept on the highway, come within the existing street trading legislation which applies in London. Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require local councils to keep the amount they spend on council tax reductions for those in financial need the same from year to year. Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to delay enabling local councils to keep money raised from business rates in their areas. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing ocal councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing local councils to retain a proportion of the business rates generated in their area and not to localise assisting those in financial need to pay their council tax. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to only allow the Mayor of London to designate a Mayoral development area if the majority of councils covering the area agree to the designation. Show vote
  • On 18 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to limit the power of the Secretary of State to repeal laws considered to detract from the general power of competence for local authorities. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the Secretary of State having the power to implement change a local council's system of governance to a mayor and cabinet executive. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make specific planning permission be required for betting shops rather than allowing any premises with permission for use for financial and professional services to become a betting shop. Show vote
  • On 11 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils more powers in relation to school admissions. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to only allow the police, not local government officials, to direct that prohibited activity in Parliament Square must either cease, or not start. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against recommending publicity by local authorities be lawful, cost effective, objective etc. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposals which would have allowed the establishment of free schools, resulted in the abolition of a range of teaching related bodies, allowed student loan interest to be charged at market rates, and allowed teachers to search pupils. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against authorising spending relating to the Localism Bill, enabling the devolution of more powers to local councils and local people particularly in relation to social housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Academies Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote
  • On 19 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against enabling more schools in England to gain "Academy Status" and the consequent financial independence and removal from local authority control. Show vote

Police and Crime Commissioners

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners are individuals responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the police in England and Wales.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against the introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners

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All votes about the introduction of elected Police and Crime Commissioners:

  • On 4 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed detailed rules for the election of Police and Crime Commissioners. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing elected police and crime commissioners for each police area in England and Wales outside of London. Show vote
  • On 23 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners to provide strategic direction for, and oversight of, police forces. Show vote
  • On 31 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 30 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require an inquiry by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary on the impact of introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, and to consider its recommendations before introducing them. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing Police and Crime Commissioners, against giving local councils more powers in relation to licensing, and against the other measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Show vote
  • On 8 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing elected Police and Crime Commissioners Show vote

Public Forests

The Public Forest Estate in England comprises about 2% of the land in England and 18% of the woods and forests. MPs have voted on if the estate ought remain publicly-owned and managed by the Forestry Commission or if it should be sold off.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against selling England’s state owned forests

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All votes about selling England’s state owned forests:

  • On 2 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the sale of England's public forest estate. Show vote
  • On 2 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to approve arrangements for public access to, and conservation of, for England's public forests once they are sold off. Show vote

Fixed Term Parliaments

Fixed Term Parliaments involve holding general elections on a regular basis, for example every five years, with some exceptions permitting early elections. Without Fixed Term Parliaments a party with a majority had significant influence over the timing of a general election.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against fixed periods between parliamentary elections

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All votes about fixed periods between parliamentary elections:

  • On 23 Oct 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Fixed Term Parliaments Bill — Clause 1 — Both Houses of Parliament to Approve General Election Date Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against holding general elections on a regular basis every five years, with some exceptions permitting early elections. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of exceptions from the five year fixed term of a parliament as well as to preserve the monarch's powers in relation determining when MPs meet in Parliament. Show vote
  • On 13 Sep 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Taxes on Plane Tickets

MPs have held a number of votes on the rates of Air Passenger Duty and the details of which flights it ought apply to.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against higher taxes on plane tickets

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All votes about higher taxes on plane tickets:

  • On 31 Oct 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a range of changes to the tax system. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a range of changes to the tax system. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolution — Air Passenger Duty Rates from 1 April 2014 Show vote
  • On 2 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Clause 183 — Air passenger duty: rates of duty from 1 April 2013 Show vote
  • On 15 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a general anti-abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, to raise the basic income tax free allowance, and to support other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolutions — Air Passenger Duty Rates from 1 April 2013 Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the basic income tax free allowance, against cutting corporation tax, and against the other tax changes proposed in the Finance Bill. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against raising the tax free income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax and against recovering child benefit from couples where an individual earns over £50,000. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolutions — Air Passenger Duty Rates from 1 April 2012 Show vote

Jobs Guarantee for Young People

There have been votes in Parliament on if the Government should fund guaranteed jobs for young people.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

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All votes about spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed:

  • On 12 Jun 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a range of economic policies including raising the minimum wage, reintroducing a 10% starting rate of income tax and boosting the supply of housing. Show vote
  • On 27 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for an energy price freeze; for long term reforms to the energy market; for more free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds; for action to boost the housing supply and for a compulsory jobs guarantee for young people and the long term unemployed. Show vote
  • On 4 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the government to get more people into work, bring forward capital investment, introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee, reintroduce a 10% rate of income tax paid for by a mansion tax, act on "rip off" rail fares and soaring energy costs, stand up for families in the private rented sector, reform pensions, curb payday lenders, and reform banking, planning and the skills system. Show vote
  • On 15 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of a package of economic policies including bringing forward long-term infrastructure investment, building 100,000 affordable homes, and guaranteeing jobs for the long term unemployed. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for measures to stimulate economic growth and job creation; for a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for over a year; to reduce VAT; for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create jobs; to tax bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for a year; to cut VAT; to give a tax break to small firms taking on more workers and to make infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create 100,000 jobs and build 25,000 homes using funds raised via a bank bonus tax, to reduce VAT on home improvements and for tax breaks for small firms taking on new workers. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to introduce a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; to make investment sooner; to reducing VAT, and to introduce a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to create more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, to make planned investment sooner, to reduce VAT and for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote

Equality and Human Rights

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of where prejudice or discrimination should be made illegal and where exceptions should be made to permit otherwise illegal discrimination. MPs have also voted on the degree to which "human rights" are protected.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for laws to promote equality and human rights

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All votes about laws to promote equality and human rights:

  • On 18 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to legalise abortion in certain circumstances in Northern Ireland as soon as the act comes into force, to enable two persons who are not of the same sex to be eligible to form a civil partnership in Northern Ireland and make a wide variety of other amendments to the Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to permit same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to largely retain the EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Impact of Tax and Benefit Changes on Women and Protected Groups — Gender Equality Strategy to Improve the Position of Women Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; for plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and for a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending. Show vote
  • On 9 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Impact of Policies on Women Show vote
  • On 1 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require an annual report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission analysing information on the gender pay gap and making recommendations to close it. Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make it unlawful for any provider of regulated social care to act in a manner incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — New Clause 15 — Exemptions to Automatic Deportation of Criminals on Human Rights Grounds Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights having a duty to support the development of a society where people's ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination and there is respect for human rights. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Human Rights Act 1998 Repeal Bill Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 — Application of Discrimination Laws to Mariners Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 — Publication of Equality Objectives by Specified Public Bodies Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Equality Bill — New Clause 3 — Mandatory pay audits Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Equality Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 11 May 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Equality Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote

Low Carbon Electricity Generation

There have been votes in Parliament relating to finanical incentives designed to encourage electricity generation via methods which involve low levels of carbon emissions. Matters voted on include subsidies for renewable energy generation and on limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power stations.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods

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All votes about financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods:

  • On 11 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2018 — Support for Use of Biomass in Former Coal Fired Power Stations Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reform the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 19 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reforming the energy market with regard to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, securing supply, affordability for consumers and increasing generation from renewable sources. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against cutting the subsidy for electricity generated via renewable or low-carbon methods on 12 December 2011 and against ensuring the future of the payments. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed cuts to subsidies (feed-in-tariffs) for electricity produced from renewable or low-carbon techniques. Show vote

Pub Leases

There have been votes in Parliament on the question of if pub companies should be required to offer their tenants an option to rent the premises with no requirement to buy beer, and other supplies, from the pub company.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases

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All votes about requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases:

  • On 2 Feb 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Enterprise Bill — Second Reading — Small Business Commissioner — Apprenticeships — Insurance Payment — Green Investment Bank Status — Pubs Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require large pub-owning businesses offer their tenants and leaseholders a market rent only option (rather than insisting on a contract requiring them to buy beer, and other supplies, from the pub company). Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a statutory code of practice for large pub companies which would require them to offer the option of a rent only leases. Show vote
  • On 9 Jan 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require pub companies to offer their tenants an option to rent the premises with no requirement to buy beer, and other supplies, from the pub company. Show vote

Military Covenant

The armed forces covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises the nation's moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families. MPs have voted on the extent to which there should be special provisions for current, and former, service personnel in relation to public services.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for strengthening the Military Covenant

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All votes about strengthening the Military Covenant:

  • On 26 Jun 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the Government to strengthen the military covenant and to request a reassessment of the assumptions on which the Strategic Defence and Security Review was based. Show vote
  • On 14 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require public bodies and minsters to consider the effects of people's service in the armed forces when setting healthcare, education and housing policy and to consider if special provisions for current, and former, service personnel are justified. Show vote
  • On 16 Feb 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a legally binding Military Covenant set out in law. Show vote
  • On 1 Mar 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against expressing a belief the military has been underfunded and the Government has failed to honor the Military Covenant. Show vote

Legal Aid

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of eligibility for legal aid. Matters which have been voted on include means testing, if aid should be generally restricted to those residing in the UK, and which legal services should be funded by legal aid.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against restricting the scope of legal aid

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All votes about restricting the scope of legal aid:

  • On 9 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a residence test as an eligibility criteria for civil legal aid; subject to exceptions for refugees and those who have sought asylum. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against legal aid only being provided in cases assessed to have a greater than "borderline" chance of success. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to extend legal aid to certain welfare appeals and certain international child benefit recovery cases. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against proposed criteria for determining if legal aid is to be awarded in particular circumstances. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the Lord Chancellor to ensure that, subject to resources, individuals have access to legal services that effectively meet their needs. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make legal aid available in respect of social welfare decisions. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make legal aid available to children in a wider range of cases. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make legal aid available to cover the entirety of assistance required where people are deemed to have complex, interconnected needs, some of which do not usually attract aid. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to explicitly include threats plus financial and emotional abuse in the definition of domestic abuse used in relation to the award of civil legal aid to domestic abuse victims. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make legal aid available in clinical negligence cases. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote

Powers of the Welsh Parliament

There have been votes in Parliament on devolving powers to the Welsh Parliament/Senedd. Specific subjects of these votes have ranged from giving the Senedd the ability to raise taxes to devolving powers and responsibility relating to the provision of water in Wales.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for transferring more powers to the Welsh Assembly

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All votes about transferring more powers to the Welsh Assembly:

  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Trade Bill — New Clause 20 — Approval of Negotiating Mandates — Devolved Administrations — International Trade Agreements Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the consent of ministers in devolved administrations before making regulations under the Trade Bill on implementing international trade agreements and a 1994 treaty on government procurement; while retaining the UK government's responsibility for compliance with international agreements. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Trade Bill — Clause 1 — Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement — Consent of Welsh and Scottish Ministers Show vote
  • On 12 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Powers of Devolved Administrations Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to allow ministers in devolved administrations to make regulations to correct deficiencies in EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the union without the consent of UK Government ministers. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to against allowing the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to make laws which are incompatible with European Union law, and against new United Kingdom frameworks to replace European ones. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the approval of MPs and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as a report on the preservation of reciprocal healthcare agreements, before allowing ministers to make regulations to implement the terms of the UK's agreement with the EU on its withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 6 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow Welsh and Scottish ministers to make regulations which amend, or are inconsistent with, EU law retained as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to modify EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto on if they should be prevented from amending EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against generally preventing the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland from amending EU law retained in UK law following withdrawal. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 — Consent of Devolved Legislatures Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower Welsh ministers and the National Assembly for Wales to regulate the number of betting machines in licensed betting premises where the maximum charge for use is over £2, rather than only where it is over £10. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — Clause 1 — Separation of the Legal Jurisdictions for England and Wales Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — New Clause 3 — Rail: Franchising of Passenger Services — Public Sector Rail Operators in Wales Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — New Clause 6 — Tax on Carriage of Passengers by Air Show vote
  • On 11 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — Schedule 1 — Devolution of Policing Powers to the Welsh Assembly Show vote
  • On 11 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — Schedule 1 — New Schedule 7A to the Government of Wales Act 2006 Show vote
  • On 11 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — New Clause 2 — Welsh Thresholds for Income Tax Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — Clause 1 — Separation of the Legal Systems of England and Wales Show vote
  • On 24 Jun 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to enable the Welsh Government to underwrite borrowing by private organisations for the purpose of promoting investment in infrastructure. Show vote
  • On 24 Jun 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — Clause 19 — Welsh Ministers to Set Own Capital Expenditure Priorities Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — New Clause 4 — Allowing National Assembly for Wales to Set The Number of AMs Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill- Clause 11 — Referendum on Devolving Welsh Income Tax Rate Setting — Independent Setting of Each Rate Show vote
  • On 9 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Part 2 — Devolution of Welsh Air Passenger Duty Rates to National Assembly for Wales Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Water Bill — New Clause 1 — Legislative Competence for Water in Wales Show vote
  • On 15 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Devolution of Tax Raising and Borrowing Powers to the Welsh Government Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — New Schedule — Devolution of Air Passenger Duty to Wales Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving powers relating to energy generation to the National Assembly for Wales. Show vote
  • On 21 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Devolving Responsibility for Jobcentre Plus to the Welsh Government Show vote

Powers of the Scottish Parliament

There have been votes in Parliament on devolving powers to the Scottish Parliament. Specific subjects of these votes have ranged from giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to raise taxes to devolving powers and responsibility relating to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament:

  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Trade Bill — New Clause 20 — Approval of Negotiating Mandates — Devolved Administrations — International Trade Agreements Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the consent of ministers in devolved administrations before making regulations under the Trade Bill on implementing international trade agreements and a 1994 treaty on government procurement; while retaining the UK government's responsibility for compliance with international agreements. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Trade Bill — Clause 1 — Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement — Consent of Welsh and Scottish Ministers Show vote
  • On 16 Jul 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill — New Clause 16 — Consent of the Scottish Parliament — Taxes on International Trade Show vote
  • On 12 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Powers of Devolved Administrations Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to allow ministers in devolved administrations to make regulations to correct deficiencies in EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the union without the consent of UK Government ministers. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to against allowing the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to make laws which are incompatible with European Union law, and against new United Kingdom frameworks to replace European ones. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the approval of MPs and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as a report on the preservation of reciprocal healthcare agreements, before allowing ministers to make regulations to implement the terms of the UK's agreement with the EU on its withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 6 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow Welsh and Scottish ministers to make regulations which amend, or are inconsistent with, EU law retained as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to modify EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto on if they should be prevented from amending EU law retained as UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against generally preventing the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland from amending EU law retained in UK law following withdrawal. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 — Consent of Devolved Legislatures Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the UK Parliament to have the consent of the Scottish Parliament before making laws applying to Scotland on devolved matters. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — New Clause 36 — Power for Scottish Parliament to Call a Scottish Independence Referendum Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the power to set Scotland's laws on abortion. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the power to make laws on child tax credit, and working tax credit. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — New Clause 27 — Equal Opportunities Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the devolved administration in Scotland to introduce a requirement for gender balance among the members of the Scottish Parliament and members of boards of Scottish public authorities. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the devolved Scottish administration to pay disability benefits in respect of lower level conditions. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the devolved administration in Scotland to pay a carers benefit to those under 16 or in gainful employment, or in full time education. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for Scottish Ministers to be able to change regulations relating to benefit payments in respect of rent without the agreement of the Secretary of State. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give powers related to Housing Benefit in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Ministers. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the Scottish Parliament the ability to create new state benefits in Scotland. Show vote
  • On 30 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving the Scottish Parliament power over national insurance. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving Scotland full responsibility for taxation and spending in Scotland. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — New Clause 54 — Devolution of Power Over Income Tax in Scotland Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 11 — Full Control Over Taxation, Borrowing and Public Spending for Scottish Parliament Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — New Clause 3 — Powers of the Scottish Parliament Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the Scottish Parliament a veto on the repeal of the Human Rights Act as it applies to Scotland. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — New Clause 10 — Require UK Parliament to Have Consent of Scottish Parliament Before Legislating on Devolved Matters Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the consent of the Scottish Parliament and of the Scottish people in a referendum before the Scottish Parliament can be abolished; and to strengthen the constitutional status of the Scottish Parliament. Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to devolve the regulation of shale gas extraction in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament. Show vote
  • On 21 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Chapter 5 — Empower Scottish Parliament to Tax Company Profits Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to devolve the powers relating to Scottish elements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to the Scottish Government. Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to devolve responsibility for railway services which start and finish in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament. Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against making the Crown Estate accountable to the Scottish Government and to devolve powers related to the Crown Estate to Scotland. Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving powers related to timescales, time zones and British Summer Time, to Scotland. Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to devolve powers relating food content and labeling to Scotland. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 24 — Devolution of Power to Tax Quarrying or Mining to Scottish Parliament Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 32 — Code of Practice on Borrowing by Scottish Ministers Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 1 — Administration of Elections — Start Counting Within Four Hours of Polls Closing Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against devolving powers to Scotland to regulate those air weapons deemed so dangerous they need to be licenced or prohibited in the same way as a firearm. Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 12 — Return of Certain Insolvency Powers from Scotland to the UK Parliament Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Clause 13 — Return Responsibility for Regulating Health Professionals in Scotland to UK Parliament Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Scotland Bill — Reject Second Reading — Devolution of Further Powers, Including Tax Raising Powers, to Scotland Show vote

Badger Cull

There have been votes in Parliament on if badgers ought be culled in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis

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All votes about culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis:

  • On 13 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the current badger culls. Show vote
  • On 5 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the proposed badger cull. Show vote
  • On 5 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against culling badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis. Show vote
  • On 25 Oct 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to stop the badger cull which was aimed at tackling bovine tuberculosis. Show vote

Tax on Value of Expensive Homes

There have been votes in Parliament on the introduction of a new property tax on expensive homes. Such a tax, popularly dubbed a "mansion tax", would introduce a requirement for those with residential properties worth over a certain amount to pay a fraction of the property's value (or a fraction of its value over a certain amount) to the Government each year.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax)

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All votes about an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax):

  • On 4 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the government to get more people into work, bring forward capital investment, introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee, reintroduce a 10% rate of income tax paid for by a mansion tax, act on "rip off" rail fares and soaring energy costs, stand up for families in the private rented sector, reform pensions, curb payday lenders, and reform banking, planning and the skills system. Show vote
  • On 1 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reintroduce a 10% initial rate of income tax paid for by a new property tax. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of considering a mansion tax Show vote
  • On 12 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a tax on properties worth over £2 million to fund a tax cut for those on middle and low incomes. Show vote

Security Sensitive Evidence in Courts

There have been votes in Parliament on if there should be a mechanism for material deemed national security sensitive to be made available to a civil court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. The mechanism is called the "closed material procedure".

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions

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All votes about allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions:

  • On 17 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against rules implementing the introduction of "closed material proceedings" to the civil courts in Northern Ireland; the procedure involves making material deemed national security-sensitive available to the court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against rules implementing the introduction of "closed material proceedings" to courts; the procedure involves making material deemed national security-sensitive available to the court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to permit closed material proceedings only if a fair determination of the case would not be possible by other means. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to only allow the closed material procedure for using national security sensitive information in court to to be used where the degree of harm to national security caused by disclosure would be likely to outweigh the public interest in fair and open justice. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the disclosure of material if the court considers disclosure the degree of damage to the interests of national security would be outweighed by the interests of justice. Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Shares for Rights

There have been votes in Parliament on the introduction of the employee shareholder scheme which is an employee status obtained when an employee is given shares worth at least £2,000 in return for which the employer is permitted not to extend unfair dismissal rights, rights to statutory redundancy pay and other employment rights to the employee. .

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for:

  • On 23 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against exempting those with employee shareholder status from certain statutory employment rights. Show vote
  • On 16 Apr 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against permitting employers not to extend certain otherwise statutory rights to employees with a new employee shareholder status. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 25 — Employee Shareholder Status — Exemption from Certain Statutory Employment Rights Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Letting Agent Fees

There have been votes in Parliament on if letting agent fees, charged to tenants, ought be more strongly regulated or even banned.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents

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All votes about restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents:

  • On 5 Sep 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of higher fines for landlords or letting agencies breaching the law limiting what tenants can be charged for. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to further restrict the circumstances in which landlords and letting agents can charge tenants for losses arising from a breach of a tenancy agreement. Show vote
  • On 25 Jun 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Private Rented Sector — Ban on Letting Agent Fees — Default 3 Year Tenancies — Action on Excessive Rent Rises Show vote
  • On 16 Jun 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Consumer Rights Bill — New Clause 30 — Report on Detriment Caused by Letting Agent Fees and Plans to Prohibit Detrimental Fees Show vote
  • On 13 May 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to ban letting agents charging tenants, or prospective tenants, fees. Show vote
  • On 14 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to call on the Government to take real action on jobs, affordable accommodation, rising energy and water bills, the costs of travel to work. Show vote

Regulation of Lawyer's Fees in No-Win No-Fee Cases

There have been votes in Parliament on if there should be greater regulation on the level of success fees payable under no-win no-fee arrangements for legal representation.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against limits on success fees paid to lawyers in no-win no fee cases

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All votes about limits on success fees paid to lawyers in no-win no fee cases:

  • On 13 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against capping success fees in no-win no-fee cases at 100% of the lawyer's basic fee, and against additionally setting a further cap of 25% of damages awarded in personal injury cases. Show vote
  • On 12 Sep 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Defamation Bill — New Clause 2 — Regulation of Payments for Legal Services In Defamation Cases Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow "no win no fee" success fees and related legal insurance premiums to be included in costs awarded in cases relating to damages for respiratory health impacts due to industrial exposure to harmful substances. The Bill included provisions to generally stop the award of costs to cover such success fees and insurance premiums. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow "no win no fee" success fees and related legal insurance premiums to be included in costs awarded in cases relating to damages for health impacts due to a breach of an employer's duty to their employee. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Clause 41 — Regulation of No-Win No-Fee Arrangements Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to exempt defamation cases and privacy cases under the right to respect for private and family life from regulation, including caps, on success fees in no-win no-fee arrangements for charging for legal services. Show vote

Register of Lobbyists

There have been votes in Parliament on if there should be a register of those who professionally lobby MPs.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against a statutory register of lobbyists

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about a statutory register of lobbyists:

  • On 9 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote
  • On 9 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the personal registration of individuals employed as lobbyists even if their employer is registered. Show vote
  • On 3 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote
  • On 3 Sep 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists. Show vote
  • On 25 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the introduction of a statutory register for all professional lobbyists. Show vote

Mass Retention of Communications Data

There have been votes in Parliament on if we should require the mass retention of information about communications (but not the content of those communications).

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for requiring the mass retention of information about communications

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All votes about requiring the mass retention of information about communications:

  • On 7 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 78 — Powers to Require Retention of Information on People's Internet Use Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the bulk interception of communications, equipment interference, and the retention and examination of bulk personal datasets, subject to certain safeguards. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a fast-track process, involving MPs completing all commons stages in a single day, for consideration of a new law on the retention of, and access to, communications data and on the interception of communications. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the provisions of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill only remaining in force until the end of 2014, rather than until the end of 2016. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to ensure the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill takes effect regardless of European Union treaties making the UK subject to European Union law and courts. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; and also in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security; and also in favour of more frequent reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and for the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation to review the operation and regulation of investigatory powers by May 2015. Show vote
  • On 17 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require public communications providers retain certain categories of communications data, which they generate or process, for a minimum period of 12 months. Show vote

Trade Union Regulation

There have been votes in Parliament on the way trade unions are regulated, including on the law related to industrial action and strike ballots.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted against more restrictive regulation of trade union activity

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All votes about more restrictive regulation of trade union activity:

  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in a ballot for industrial action by state school teachers to be required for such action to be lawful. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted not to require the support of 40% of those eligible to vote in ballots for strike action by key transport workers, including staff working on railways, airport security, air traffic control and London buses, for such action to be lawful. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in a ballot for industrial action by border security workers to be required for such action to be lawful. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in a ballot for industrial action by border security workers to be required for such action to be lawful. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in a ballot for industrial action by key fire service workers to be required for such action to be lawful. Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Industrial Action (Protection of Critical National Services) Bill Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Trade Union Bill — New Clause 2 — Workplace Ballots and Ballots by Electronic Means Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring the appointment of a picket supervisor and against requiring them to be identified to, and contactable by, the police. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring a 50% turnout in order to make a strike ballot valid and against other aspects of increased regulation of trade union activity. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring a 50% turnout in order to make a strike ballot valid and against other aspects of increased regulation of trade union activity. Show vote
  • On 22 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Jan 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill — Preventing prison officers from taking industrial action Show vote

Assisted Dying

There have been votes in Parliament on if it should be legal to assist terminally ill people who have decided they want to end their life.

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Lord Austin of Dudley has never voted on allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life

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All votes about allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life:

  • On 11 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Assisted Dying Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Taxation of Banks

There have been votes in Parliament on taxation of banks. The "banking levy" is one such tax: it is charged annually based on the amount a bank holds in assets,.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against higher taxes on banks

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about higher taxes on banks:

  • On 21 Feb 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill — Schedule 9 — Bank Levy — Exclusion of Overseas Elements of UK Banking Groups Show vote
  • On 11 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 11 Dec 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against narrowing the scope of the bank levy tax so it is calculated only on the basis of a bank's UK assets; against excluding overseas activities of UK headquartered banking groups from the charge. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the measures in the Finance Bill including against an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and against capping the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2015-16 — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a series of taxation related measures including increasing the personal income tax free allowance and increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax is charged. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the the March 2015 budget which contained plans to spend £76bn more than was expected to be taken in and introduced a help to buy ISA, reduced corporation tax and increased spending on mental health by around £300m/year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the rate of the bank levy tax and against changes aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the levy. Show vote
  • On 19 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to increase the amount of free child care offered to parents of 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours Show vote
  • On 5 Jul 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against measures in the 2011 Budget including reducing the threshold for paying higher rate income tax, increasing the income tax free personal allowance, reducing corporation tax and reducing the main rate of corporation tax from 27 to 26%. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading Show vote

Tougher on illegal immigration

The UK should have stronger laws to tackle illegal immigration.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against stronger enforcement of immigration rules

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about stronger enforcement of immigration rules:

  • On 14 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Draft Immigration Act 2014 (Current Accounts) (Excluded Accounts and Notification Requirements) Regulations 2016 Show vote
  • On 25 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to ban the immigration detention of those who are pregnant and for guidance to be taken into account on the immigration detention of vulnerable people. Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clause 8 — Offence of Illegal Working Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clauses 13-16 — Residential Tenancies Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Support for Failed Asylum Seekers and Illegal Migrants Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Clause 34 — Human Rights Appeals within the United Kingdom Show vote
  • On 1 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigation Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration Bill — Second Reading Show vote

MPs' Veto Over Laws Only Affecting Their Part of the UK

That English MPs have not been able vote on matters which have been devolved to other parts of the UK, but Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs can vote on those same matters when the UK Parliament is legislating solely for England has been considered by some to be unfair. There have been votes in Parliament on how to give MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland a fairer say over matters which only affect their parts of the UK. In respect of votes on matters only affecting England this is often described as the "English Votes on English Laws" question.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against a veto for MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland over laws specifically impacting their part of the UK

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All votes about a veto for MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland over laws specifically impacting their part of the UK:

  • On 22 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto over laws impacting just their parts of the UK and in favour of appointing a committee to consider the matter. Show vote
  • On 22 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give the MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto over laws impacting just their parts of the UK only for a trial period. Show vote
  • On 22 Oct 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against giving the MPs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland a veto when laws specifically impacting one or more of those parts of the United Kingdom are before the House of Commons. Show vote

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) to Extract Shale Gas

Parliament has voted on whether hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be permitted at all, where it should be permitted, and how such operations ought be regulated.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas

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All votes about greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas:

  • On 16 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 — Extension of Prohibition of Shale Gas Extraction Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring a more extensive set of conditions be met prior to consent for hydraulic fracturing being given. Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to explicitly require an environmental permit for hydraulic fracturing activities. Show vote
  • On 26 Jan 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Infrastructure Bill — New Clause 9 — Moratorium on Onshore Unconventional Petroleum — Review Impacts of Exploitation Show vote

Charging Market Rent to High Earners in Council Homes

Parliament has voted on whether high earners should be required to pay a market rent for council homes.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against charging a market rent to high earners renting a council home

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All votes about charging a market rent to high earners renting a council home:

  • On 3 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring local councils to charge high income social housing tenants rent at levels set by central Government. Show vote
  • On 12 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote

Secure Tenancies for Life

There have been votes in Parliament on phasing out secure lifetime tenancies and requiring tenancies be for a fixed term and do not get automatically renewed.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against phasing out secure tenancies for life

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All votes about phasing out secure tenancies for life:

  • On 12 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to retain secure tenancies for life. Show vote
  • On 12 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against requiring those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents; against funding right to buy style discounts for housing association tenants; against enabling the Secretary of State to require local councils to sell expensive properties, perhaps using the revenue to fund new housing, and against other proposed changes to the law on housing and planning. Show vote

Publicly Owned Railways

There have been votes in Parliament on the public ownership of the railways, including on keeping the rail infrastructure public, and permitting train operating companies to be publicly-owned.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for a publicly owned railway system

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All votes about a publicly owned railway system:

  • On 12 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Wales Bill — New Clause 3 — Rail: Franchising of Passenger Services — Public Sector Rail Operators in Wales Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on High Speed Rail (London — West Midlands) Bill — New Clause 20 — Allow Public Sector Operators to Run High Speed 2 Passenger Services Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for regulation of local bus networks and for public ownership of the railways. Show vote
  • On 29 Oct 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to permit public sector railway operators. Show vote

Public Control over Bus Services

There have been votes in Parliament on greater public control of bus services.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for greater public control of bus services

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All votes about greater public control of bus services:

  • On 15 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to establish the West Midlands Combined Authority across the local government areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for regulation of local bus networks and for public ownership of the railways. Show vote
  • On 5 Nov 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for local government to have powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing. Show vote

Mass Surveillance

There have been votes in Parliament on if the state should be permitted, with safeguards, to intercept people’s communications en masse, as well as obtain and use datasets which could include people’s personal banking, travel, and health data. The question of if the state should be able to require the retention of details of people’s internet use has also been voted on.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities

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All votes about mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities:

  • On 7 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 78 — Powers to Require Retention of Information on People's Internet Use Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow the bulk interception of communications, equipment interference, and the retention and examination of bulk personal datasets, subject to certain safeguards. Show vote
  • On 15 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Investigatory Powers Bill — Second Reading — Mass Surveillance Show vote

High Speed Rail

MPs have voted on funding and giving permission for a new high speed rail network, connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for new high speed rail infrastructure

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All votes about new high speed rail infrastructure:

  • On 15 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on High Speed Rail (West Midlands — Crewe) Bill — Third Reading — Phase 2a of HS2 — Fradley Wood to Crewe Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on High Speed Rail (West Midlands — Crewe) Bill — Second Reading — High Speed 2 Phase 2 — Fradley to Crewe Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on High Speed Rail (London — West Midlands) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a High Speed Rail link between London and the West Midlands. Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for a High Speed Rail link between London and the West Midlands. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote
  • On 26 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote
  • On 26 Jun 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to approve spending money on preparations for a high speed rail network connecting at least London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester. Show vote

Reduce capital gains tax

Capital gains taxes should be reduced.

Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted against reducing capital gains tax

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All votes about reducing capital gains tax:

  • On 6 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Clause 82 — Reduction in Rate of Capital Gains Tax Show vote
  • On 6 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against reducing the basic rate of capital gains tax by 8%. Show vote
  • On 11 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against changing the way dividends are taxed, against cutting capital gains tax, and against reducing the amount which can be taken out of a pension tax-free from £1.25m to £1m. Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on March 2016 Budget Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Budget Resolution 38 — Capital Gains Tax Show vote
  • On 22 Mar 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Procedure (Future Taxation) — Inclusion of Provisions Taking Effect in Future Years in the Finance Bill Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against tax exemptions to encourage the use of the scheme where employers are permitted not to extend certain otherwise statutory rights to those with employee shareholder status. Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Second Reading Show vote

Capital Gains Tax

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of taxation on profits arising from increases in value for assets such as property and shares.

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Military Action Against Group Known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh

There have been votes in Parliament on whether the UK should take part in military action in Iraq and Syria against the group known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted for military action against ISIL (Daesh)

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All votes about military action against ISIL (Daesh):

  • On 2 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support UK airstrikes against ISIL in Syria Show vote
  • On 2 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support UK airstrikes against ISIL in Syria Show vote
  • On 26 Sep 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for UK air strikes in Iraq to support Iraqi forces' efforts against ISIL. Show vote

Merging Police and Fire Services under Police and Crime Commissioners

There have been votes in Parliament on whether to give Police and Crime Commissioners responsibility for fire services.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against merging police and fire services under Police and Crime Commissioners

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All votes about merging police and fire services under Police and Crime Commissioners:

  • On 26 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing Police and Crime Commissioners to be given responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require a report on the funding requirements of the fire and rescue service before transferring responsibility for them to a Police and Crime Commissioner. Show vote
  • On 26 Apr 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the consent of the relevant local councils and the fire authority, or the majority of people taking part in a referendum, before a Police and Crime Commissioner is given responsibility for a Fire and Rescue Service. Show vote

UK membership of the European Union

Parliament has voted on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against UK membership of the EU

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about UK membership of the EU:

  • On 9 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Exiting the European Union — Delay Until 30 June 2019 Show vote
  • On 8 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against allowing the Government to delay the UK leaving the EU to an alternative date so long as any delay extends beyond 22 May 2019. Show vote
  • On 3 Apr 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against preventing the Prime Minister accepting any delay to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU beyond 22 May 2019. Show vote
  • On 29 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to leave the EU with a [withdrawal] agreement as soon as possible and to approve the negotiated withdrawal agreement and associated documents. Show vote
  • On 27 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against leaving the European Union on the 12th of April 2019 without a withdrawal agreement. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Seek Participation in European Economic Area via EU Withdrawal Agreement Negotiations Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on a statement on how the UK's continued participation in a customs union with the EU was sought during negotiations on the withdrawal agreement. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require the Prime Minister to give a series of undertakings before giving notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for the UK to remain member of the European Atomic Agency Community (Euratom) when withdrawing from the European Union and to treat leaving Euratom separately from leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 143 — Financial Liability of the UK towards the EU Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 180 — UK To Remain EU Member Unless UK Parliament Agrees Terms for Leaving Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 26 — Agreement of Representatives of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Administrations Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on UK Withdrawal from Membership of the European Union Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to say the UK needs to stay in the EU. Show vote

Right to Remain for European Union Nationals in the UK

There have been a votes in Parliament which relate to EU nationals currently living in the UK having the right to remain.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK

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All votes about a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK:

  • On 13 Mar 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against delaying leaving the EU by a couple of months, against continuing current arrangements with the EU until the end of 2021, and against unilaterally guaranteeing the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom. Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill — Second Reading — UK Immigration Controls for EU Citizens Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for an energy price cap; for a properly resourced industrial strategy; to maintain the benefits of the European Single Market and Customs Union; to maintain the existing rights of EU nationals living in the UK and EU nationals living in the EU; for increased funding of public services; to scrap university tuition fees; to restore Education Maintenance Allowance, maintenance grants and nurses’ bursaries; to end the public sector pay cap and to increase the minimum wage. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — European Union Negiotiations Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to guarantee EU derived rights, and the potential to acquire residency rights, for EU and EEA citizens legally resident in the UK. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to seek to protect the residence rights of citizens of the European Union and their family members who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted for notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 26 — Agreement of Representatives of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Administrations Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 19 Oct 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Rights for EU Nationals if the UK Leaves the EU Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on UK Withdrawal from Membership of the European Union Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of giving EU nationals currently living in the UK the right to remain. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to say the UK needs to stay in the EU. Show vote

Gambling Regulation

There have been votes in Parliament on a number of aspects of the regulation of gambling. Specific votes have been on the powers of local councils to use planning laws to control the numbers, and locations, of betting shops as well as regulations limiting stakes, and prizes, for gambling machines, and the laws governing the operation of casinos.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for greater regulation of gambling

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All votes about greater regulation of gambling:

  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give local government more powers to regulate betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against increasing the stake, and prize, limits for certain categories of gambling machine. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to extend the horserace betting levy to overseas bookmakers. Show vote
  • On 26 Nov 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to require those running internet and telephone gambling operations to ban those who have registered for self-exclusion. Show vote
  • On 16 Oct 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to give more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make specific planning permission be required for betting shops rather than allowing any premises with permission for use for financial and professional services to become a betting shop. Show vote
  • On 28 Apr 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Finance Bill — Clause 21 — Amusement Machine licence duty Show vote
  • On 28 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 — 28 Mar 2007 — Division No. 88 Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on National Lottery Bill — Clause 14 — Functions Show vote
  • On 14 Jun 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on National Lottery Bill (Reasoned amendment on second reading) Show vote

Smoking Bans

Over the years there have been votes in Parliament on banning smoking in restaurants, public buildings, pubs, and in cars with children present.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for smoking bans

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All votes about smoking bans:

  • On 11 Feb 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make it an offence to for someone in charge of an enclosed vehicle to fail to prevent smoking within it if someone under 18 is present. Show vote
  • On 10 Feb 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of a new law requiring private vehicles be smoke-free where a person under the age of 18 is present in the vehicle. Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Ban on Smoking in Private Vehicles Show vote
  • On 13 Oct 2010: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Public Houses and Private Members' Clubs (Smoking) Bill Show vote
  • On 14 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Health Bill — New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions — consideration Show vote
  • On 14 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Health Bill — New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions — private clubs Show vote
  • On 14 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Health Bill — New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions — as amended Show vote
  • On 14 Feb 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Health Bill — Schedule 8 — Minor and consequential amendments Show vote

Gay Rights

A vote for gay rights would be a vote for homosexual people to have the same rights as heterosexuals (including for example the ability to marry, an equal age of consent, and the right to adopt) and for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to be illegal.

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Lord Austin of Dudley almost always voted for equal gay rights

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All votes about equal gay rights:

  • On 18 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to legalise abortion in certain circumstances in Northern Ireland as soon as the act comes into force, to enable two persons who are not of the same sex to be eligible to form a civil partnership in Northern Ireland and make a wide variety of other amendments to the Bill. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2019: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to permit same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to enable the courts to deal with proceedings for the divorce of, or annulment of the marriage of, a same sex couple. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of various amendments to acts of Parliament in light of the introduction of same sex marriage. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2014: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to make same sex marriage available to armed forces personnel outside the UK. Show vote
  • On 21 May 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2013: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry. Show vote
  • On 20 May 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Fertility treatment requires father and mother — rejected Show vote
  • On 20 May 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Fertility treatment requires male role model — rejected Show vote
  • On 19 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Show vote

An Elected House of Lords

The House of Lords is the upper house of the UK Parliament. There have been votes on moving away from a position where members of the House of Lords are either appointed or have inherited their seats to a system where members are elected.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords

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All votes about a wholly elected House of Lords:

  • On 19 Oct 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on House of Lords Reform and Size of the House of Commons Show vote
  • On 10 Jul 2012: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords, introducing 15 year terms for most members and introducing an elected element. Show vote
  • On 23 Jun 2011: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Establishment of Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on House of Lords Reform — Support for bicameral Parliament Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on House of Lords Reform — Composition Option 1 (Fully Appointed) — rejected Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on House of Lords Reform — Composition Option 4 (50 per Cent. Elected) — rejected Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on House of Lords Reform — Composition Option 5 (60 per Cent. Elected) — rejected Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on House of Lords Reform — Composition Option 6 (80 per Cent. Elected) Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted no on House of Lords Reform — Composition Option 7 (100 per Cent. Elected) Show vote

Voting Age

There have been votes in Parliament on reducing the voting age from eighteen to sixteen for local government elections, for elections to the Westminster and European Parliaments and for the referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for a lower voting age

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All votes about a lower voting age:

  • On 20 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Electoral Reform (Proportional Representation and Reduction of Voting Age) Show vote
  • On 8 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow those aged sixteen and seventeen to vote in the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce the voting age for local government elections from 18 to 16. Show vote
  • On 17 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to reduce the voting age for local government elections to 16 from 18. Show vote
  • On 7 Sep 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to allow those aged 16 and 17 to vote in the referendum on if the UK should remain a member of the EU. Show vote
  • On 29 Nov 2005: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Representation of the People (Reduction of Voting Age) Show vote

Investigations into the Iraq War

A number of votes were held relating to holding investigations into the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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Lord Austin of Dudley consistently voted against investigations into the Iraq war

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All votes about investigations into the Iraq war:

  • On 30 Nov 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against an investigation into the contrast between public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war. Show vote
  • On 24 Jun 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to welcome an inquiry into the Iraq war and to commend the proposal to hold as much of it as possible in public. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against an inquiry into the Iraq war by an independent committee of privy counsellors. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against holding a further inquiry into the Iraq war at this time but to agree a time will come when an inquiry is appropriate. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against an inquiry into the Iraq war by an independent committee of privy councillors. In a subsequent vote was held the majority of MPs voted against holding an inquiry into the Iraq war at this time but to agree a time will come when an inquiry is appropriate. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against holding an inquiry into the Iraq war at this time but to agree a time will come when an inquiry is appropriate. Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against the principle that there should be an inquiry into the Iraq War by an independent committee of Privy Counsellors. Show vote
  • On 11 Jun 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against holding an inquiry into the Iraq war at this time. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against an inquiry into the Iraq war by a select committee of Privy Counsellors. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2006: Lord Austin of Dudley voted against a further inquiry into the war in Iraq. Show vote

Trident Nuclear Weapons System Replacement

The UK's Trident nuclear weapons system, comprising missile armed submarines, provides a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent. There have been votes on if the system should be replaced with a new nuclear deterrent when Trident reaches the end of its lifespan.

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Lord Austin of Dudley generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system

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All votes about replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system:

  • On 18 Jul 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to support replacing the four Trident nuclear missile submarines to maintain the UK's continuous at sea nuclear deterrent. Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — UK Membership of the EU — Nuclear Weapons — House of Lords — Devolution — Refugee Crisis in Europe Show vote
  • On 24 Nov 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Trident Nuclear Deterrent Programme Renewal Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident Show vote
  • On 20 Jan 2015: Lord Austin of Dudley voted in favour of renewing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to maintain the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent beyond the life of the existing system. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley voted to maintain the UK's minimum strategic nuclear deterrent beyond the life of the existing system. Show vote

Transparancy of Parliament

There have been number of votes in Parliament on how transparently Parliament is run, particularly in respect of MPs' expenses.

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Lord Austin of Dudley voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament

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All votes about a transparent Parliament:

  • On 30 Apr 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2009: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2008: Lord Austin of Dudley voted yes on MPs' allowances — External audits and no more furniture — rejected Show vote
  • On 18 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — That the Question now be proposed Show vote
  • On 18 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Continue to disclose MPs' correspondence — rejected Show vote
  • On 18 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt constituents' letters only — rejected Show vote
  • On 18 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading — Closure Show vote
  • On 18 May 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Keep disclosure for MPs' expenses — rejected Show vote
  • On 20 Apr 2007: Lord Austin of Dudley was absent for a vote on Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt only correspondence — rejected Show vote

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