Lord Varley

Former Labour 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.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions: Occupational Schemes 18 Feb 2008

    asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 16 October 2007 (WA 47), when they now expect the Pensions Regulator to issue draft regulatory guidance about the winding-up of occupational pensions schemes.
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions: Occupational Schemes 16 Oct 2007

    asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Pensions Regulator to publish a good practice guide to support trustees and administrators who are in the process of winding up occupational pension schemes.
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions: Annuity Contracts 1 Oct 2007

    asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 403 pension schemes which provided information on their assets to the Andrew Young financial assistance scheme review team have already made legally binding and irrevocable individual annuity contracts for their members with insurance companies; and which are the pension schemes concerned.

More of Lord Varley’s recent appearances


Former Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1990

Left the House of Lords on 29 July 2008 — Died

Other offices held in the past

  • Treasurer, Labour Party (1 Jul 1981 to 1 Jul 1983)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (5 May 1979 to 9 Jun 1983)
  • Secretary of State for Industry (10 Jun 1975 to 4 May 1979)
  • Secretary of State for Energy (5 Mar 1974 to 9 Jun 1975)
  • Shadow Secretary of State (1 Jul 1972 to 28 Feb 1974)
  • Minister of State (Ministry of Technology) (10 Jan 1969 to 1 Jan 1970)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (29 Jul 1967 to 30 Nov 1968)

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