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A selection of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean's votes
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Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, in 2011
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
10 votes for, 1 vote against, 4 absences, between 2008–2011
Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, in 2010
We have lots more plain English analysis of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, the House will have noted that the Leader of the House, in answering the questions put by my noble friend Lady Smith, did not answer the specific question of whether or not the Cabinet was aware of, or saw, the SAGE advice for 21 September before the decision was taken to have a lockdown. Perhaps the noble Baroness could answer that now. Perhaps she could also say why the Prime...
My Lords, I declare an interest as set out in the register, as chair of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. I have chaired a number of webinars with colleagues and friends in the Arab Middle East about what is going to happen by 15 October, and there is a great deal of concern. With the greatest respect to the Minister, he appears to have come to answer this Question with very little...
My Lords, I have two questions. When will the first accounts for the new joint department be signed off, as they must be, by the FCO permanent secretary, and published? Secondly, on 19 June, 191 NGOs, think tanks and charities, all working on humanitarian assistance—including of course the current Covid problem—wrote to the Prime Minister protesting about this new arrangement. The...
More of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords in 1996
Currently held offices
- Member, Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee (since 15 Oct 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (26 May 2016 to 23 Apr 2020)
- Member, The Arctic Committee (11 Dec 2014 to 11 Feb 2015)
- Member, The Arctic Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 4 Nov 2014)
- Member, Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) (6 Jul 2011 to 26 Mar 2012)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (8 Oct 2010 to 5 Sep 2011)
- Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (1 Feb 2010 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee D - Environment and Agriculture (24 Nov 2009 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, European Union Committee (21 Nov 2006 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, Conventions (Joint Committee) (22 May 2006 to 31 Oct 2006)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee C - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy (24 May 2005 to 12 Nov 2009)
- Minister of State (Middle East) (13 Jun 2003 to 10 May 2005)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (26 Jun 2001 to 7 May 2005)
- Member, House of Lords Offices Committee (26 Jun 2001 to 7 Nov 2002)
- Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (11 Jun 2001 to 11 May 2005)
- Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry (11 Jun 2001 to 13 Jun 2003)
- Minister for Trade and Investment and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also Department of Trade and Industry) (8 Jun 2001 to 13 Jun 2003)
- Minister of State (Trade and Investment) Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also FCO) (8 Jun 2001 to 6 Jun 2003)
- Minister of State (Defence Procurement), Ministry of Defence (28 Jul 1999 to 11 Jun 2001)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (5 May 1997 to 28 Jul 1999)
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