Lord Owen

Independent Social Democrat Peer

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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A selection of Lord Owen's votes

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  • Has never voted on an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency
  • Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
  • Has never voted on university tuition fees
  • Has never voted on fewer MPs in the House of Commons
  • Voted against more EU integration Show votes 0 votes for, 2 votes against, 13 absences, between 2008–2011

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

Recent appearances

  • Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate 4 Jun 2020

    My Lords, I am very sad, as I think many people in the world are, about the deterioration in relations with China. It will not be easy to engage President Xi on the issue of Hong Kong. It is very sensitive. In the past, contact groups seemed to have some success; I have been involved with both of them. The first was in South Africa in 1978. Eventually, Namibia moved to independence as a...
  • Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) 7 Jan 2020

    My Lords, as we talk in this Chamber, the Middle East is once again a powder keg of extreme danger. I share all the apprehensions and fears that were expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Ricketts, in his very important speech. It is easy to say what to do. The Secretary-General gave a very good, precise order of priorities as soon as this crisis blew up. He said: “Stop escalation. Exercise...
  • Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Motion 4 Apr 2019

    My Lords, I speak at a very difficult time for our whole country. However we see this debate in this Chamber, we have to consider how it will be seen outside of it. For what it is worth, if I had still been a Member of another place, I would have voted in principle against this Bill. It raises serious constitutional implications for another place, and I hope that very soon it will look at its...

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Independent Social Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 30 June 1992

Party was Crossbench until 3 Mar 2014

Other offices held in the past

  • Leader of the Social Democratic Party (3 Mar 1988 to 6 Jun 1990)
  • Leader of the Social Democratic Party (21 Jun 1983 to 6 Aug 1987)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Energy (3 May 1979 to 1 Nov 1980)
  • Foreign Secretary (21 Feb 1977 to 4 May 1979)
  • Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (10 Sep 1976 to 21 Feb 1977)
  • Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Security) (26 Jul 1974 to 10 Sep 1976)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Security) (8 Mar 1974 to 26 Jul 1974)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Royal Navy) (3 Jul 1968 to 18 Jun 1970)

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