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A selection of Lord Skelmersdale's votes
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Has never voted on fewer MPs in the House of Commons
Generally voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, in 2011
Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010
Generally voted against more EU integration Show votes
0 votes for, 10 votes against, 5 absences, between 2008–2011
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2010
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Skelmersdale’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Skelmersdale’s full vote analysis page for more.
Would my noble friend be good enough to accept that trade is like Gaul—divided into three parts? You have direct trade between, say, India and the United Kingdom, trade between the EU and the United Kingdom, and re-export. All those will need different solutions, unlike the ideas put forward by the two parties opposite.
My Lords, noble Lords and business are demanding clarity, as my noble friend well knows. Will he accept that there will be no clarity until there is a positive interaction with the European Council and other European authorities?
My Lords, does my noble friend recall that the Interpretation Act states that the male embraces the female? Do the Government intend to revisit that Act?
More of Lord Skelmersdale’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords in 1973
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 31 Aug 2016)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 27 Apr 2017)
- Deputy Speaker (Lords) (29 Nov 2010 to 31 Oct 2018)
- Deputy Chairman of Committees (13 Oct 2010 to 31 Oct 2018)
- Member, Leader's Group on Working Practices Committee (27 Jul 2010 to 26 Apr 2011)
- Member, Communications and Digital Committee (22 Jun 2010 to 14 May 2014)
- - Shadow Minister, Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister, Home Affairs (24 Jul 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
- Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions (9 Jul 2007 to 24 Jul 2009)
- Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions (16 Dec 2005 to 6 Jul 2007)
- Deputy Chief Whip, Whips (20 May 2005 to 16 Dec 2005)
- Spokespersons In the Lords, Work & Pensions & Welfare Reform (20 May 2005 to 16 Dec 2005)
- Whip, Whips (17 Mar 2005 to 20 May 2005)
- Spokespersons In the Lords, Work & Pensions and Welfare Reform (17 Mar 2005 to 20 May 2005)
- Spokespersons In the Lords, Economic Affairs (22 Feb 2005 to 17 Mar 2005)
- Spokespersons In the Lords, Health (22 Feb 2005 to 20 May 2005)
- Shadow Minister, Health (6 Jul 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
- Shadow Minister, Economic Affairs (10 May 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
- Shadow Minister, Public Services, Health & Education (10 May 2004 to 6 Jul 2004)
- Deputy Chief Whip, Whips (10 May 2004 to 17 Mar 2005)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (9 Jun 1997 to 30 Nov 2000)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee B (28 Oct 1996 to 20 Nov 2003)
- Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (20 May 1992 to 18 Nov 2004)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (19 Nov 1981 to 15 Nov 1988)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee G (19 Nov 1975 to 28 Oct 1981)
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