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A selection of Lord Bassam of Brighton's votes
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Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2010
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2011
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2008–2011
Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2010
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Bassam of Brighton’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Bassam of Brighton’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to universities and higher education providers about steps to take in relation to students attending from areas where local lockdowns are in place.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist with additional track and trace facilities at universities (1) located in areas, and (2) with students arriving from, areas under local lockdown.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to universities located in areas under local lockdown areas about (1) teaching plans, and (2) measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
More of Lord Bassam of Brighton’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords in 1997
Currently held offices
- Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport) (since 14 May 2020)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade) (since 15 Apr 2020)
- Member, Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (since 20 Jun 2019)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Further & Higher Education) (since 25 Mar 2019)
- Member, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence (since 28 Jun 2011)
Other offices held in the past
- Chair, Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee (17 May 2018 to 19 Mar 2019)
- Member, Services Committee (1 Sep 2016 to 1 Feb 2018)
- Member, Administration and Works Committee (Lords) (8 Jun 2015 to 31 Aug 2016)
- Deputy Speaker (Lords) (29 Nov 2010 to 24 Jan 2018)
- Member, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (2 Jun 2010 to 1 Feb 2018)
- Deputy Chairman of Committees (2 Jun 2010 to 24 Jan 2018)
- Shadow Chief Whip (Lords) (12 May 2010 to 24 Jan 2018)
- Member, Administration and Works Committee (Lords) (16 Dec 2008 to 1 May 2012)
- Member, Accommodation Steering Group Committee (16 Dec 2008 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (7 Oct 2008 to 1 Feb 2018)
- Member, Committee of Selection (Lords) (7 Oct 2008 to 1 Feb 2018)
- Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household (6 Oct 2008 to 11 May 2010)
- Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords) (5 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Government Whip (12 Jun 2001 to 6 Oct 2008)
- Government Whip (7 Jun 2001 to 5 Oct 2008)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office (28 Jul 1999 to 29 May 2002)
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