Lord Ackner

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.

Recent appearances

  • Fraud Bill [HL] 14 Mar 2006

    My Lords, perhaps I may intervene before the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, speaks. I have one or two random points to make in regard to jury trial and the present situation. First, it would be totally unrealistic if we did not recognise that there was a perception among the minorities that one obtained a better category of justice through trial by judge and jury than by judge alone. There is a...
  • Compensation Bill [HL] 7 Mar 2006

    My Lords, I respectfully seek to support what the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, has said—which is in forensic terms, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The statute is in wholly permissive language: "A court considering a claim in negligence may", not "must". Nothing has been made mandatory in the amendment and therefore the law can be left as it is—perfectly fluid and able to progress as it...
  • Courts: Costs 15 Feb 2006

    asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept the recommendation of the Civil Justice Council in its response of 17 November 2005 to the Department for Constitutional Affairs for a fundamental review of the policy to charge litigants in the civil courts the total costs of running those courts less fee exemptions and remissions.

More of Lord Ackner’s recent appearances


Former Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1986

Left the House of Lords on 21 March 2006 — Died

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