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- 11th May to 2nd June 2020
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.
- 10th June 2020 onwards
The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.
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A selection of Baroness Burt of Solihull’s votes
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Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
3 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2010–2013.
Consistently voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2011–2012.
Generally voted for greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
7 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2013–2014.
Generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2007–2015.
Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2011.
Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
1 vote for, 2 votes against, 6 absences, between 2008–2014.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Baroness Burt of Solihull’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Baroness Burt of Solihull’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have participated in this debate. It has been really stimulating and I feel somewhat humbled by some of the eloquence and strength of what people have said. I have learned about Milton. I have learned about the spread of humanism. I have learned a lot about humanism—the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, spoke very eloquently, and much better than I could....
My Lords, I am delighted to see so many noble Lords here today. Last business on a Friday is hardly a propitious time to start a Second Reading, and I know even more noble Lords would have been here had it not been for the rail strike. I thank everyone who has managed to get in and turn up today—I presume that most will be giving their support to the Bill. Indeed, its predecessor, which I...
More of Baroness Burt of Solihull’s recent appearances
Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 10 November 2015
Previously MP for Solihull until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
Also represented Solihull
Topics of interest
- Innovation and Skills
- Home Department
- Communities and Local Government
- Departments: Equal Opportunities
- UK Trade and Investment
- Departmental Procurement
- Departmental Contracts
- Shareholder Executive
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint) Committee (6 Mar 2019 to 14 Jun 2019)
- Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Equalities) (28 Oct 2016 to 12 Oct 2017)
- Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (10 Nov 2015 to 28 Oct 2016)
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (4 Nov 2014 to 8 May 2015)
- Member, Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill Committee (4 Mar 2013 to 16 Dec 2013)
- Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (20 Dec 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party (25 Oct 2007 to 1 Nov 2012)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (3 Aug 2006 to 20 Dec 2007)
- Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (3 Aug 2006 to 20 Dec 2007)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (2 May 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Treasury Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 24 Apr 2006)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (10 May 2005 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) (10 May 2005 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) (10 May 2005 to 3 Aug 2006)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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