Earl Howe

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Conservative 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 Earl Howe’s votes

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Recent appearances

  • Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 23 7 Dec 2022

    My Lords, Amendment 23 tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Sikka, seeks to ensure that the provision of grant funding for research does not interfere with the academic’s freedom to edit and publish their research. The only exceptions would be if there was a confidentiality agreement between those giving and receiving the grant made in advance or if a court finds that full publication would...
  • Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 7 Dec 2022

    My Lords, I begin by expressing my thanks to noble and noble and learned Lords from all Benches of the House for their thoughtful and helpful contributions to this debate, all of which I listened to with great attention. I think it would be helpful to the House if I begin my response by considering the tort in the round, before turning to the amendments tabled to this clause, bearing in mind...
  • Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - Report: Amendment 17 7 Dec 2022

    I am grateful to the noble Lord. It is not the only reason for the tort, as I shall go on to explain. I was going to say that we need to bear in mind that under a judicial review the court would consider standard judicial review grounds, such as a failure to take relevant considerations into account, rather than the substantive issue of whether reasonably practicable steps were taken....

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1984

Currently held offices

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) (since 3 Oct 2019)
  • Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (since 12 May 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (11 May 2015 to 26 Jul 2019)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (17 May 2010 to 11 May 2015)
  • - Shadow Minister, Health (8 Sep 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister, Health (9 Jul 2007 to 8 Sep 2009)
  • Shadow Minister, Health (16 Dec 2005 to 6 Jul 2007)
  • Spokesperson In the Lords (Also In the Health Team), Family (17 Mar 2005 to 20 May 2005)
  • Spokespersons In the Lords, Health (22 Feb 2005 to 16 Dec 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Family (6 Jul 2004 to 17 Mar 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Health (6 Jul 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Public Services, Health & Education (10 May 2004 to 6 Jul 2004)
  • Member, Library and Computers Sub Committee (11 Nov 1991 to 17 Mar 1992)

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