The Countess of Mar

Former Crossbench Peer

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

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.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

A selection of the Countess of Mar’s votes

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We have lots more plain English analysis of the Countess of Mar’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit the Countess of Mar’s full vote analysis page for more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations 12 Aug 2019

    To ask Her Majesty's Government what controls and penalties are in place to ensure that providers of medical assessors for social security benefits maintain high standards of accuracy and integrity; and on how many occasions any such controls or penalties have been used since June 2018.
  • Biodiversity Duty: Public Authorities - Question 22 Jul 2019

    My Lords, I was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. In our report, we supported strengthening the biodiversity duty. We also recommended that it was combined with a reporting duty. Will the Minister say what plans the Government have for improving the transparency of the way in which the duty is carried out?
  • Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Mefloquine 22 Jul 2019

    To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 10 July (HL16834), what steps the Ministry of Defence has taken to address the concerns of the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Assessment Committee 2014 report on the toxicity of mefloquine (Lariam); and if they have not taken any such steps, why not.

More of The Countess of Mar’s recent appearances


Former Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1975

Left the House of Lords on 1 May 2020

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 13 Mar 2018)
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees (12 Jun 2014 to 1 May 2020)
  • Member, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (16 May 2013 to 12 May 2016)
  • Deputy Speaker (Lords) (29 Nov 2010 to 1 May 2020)
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees (2 Jun 2010 to 9 May 2012)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (15 Jan 2007 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (7 Jun 2005 to 12 Nov 2009)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee D - Environment and Agriculture (20 Nov 2003 to 7 May 2005)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee D (26 Jun 2001 to 20 Nov 2003)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee C (20 Nov 1995 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, House of Lords Offices Committee (18 Nov 1982 to 6 Nov 1986)

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