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A selection of Baroness Barker’s votes
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Has never voted on university tuition fees Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2010.
Voted a mixture of for and against more EU integration Show votes
8 votes for, 4 votes against, 3 absences, between 2008–2011.
Consistently voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Almost always voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2011.
Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2010.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Baroness Barker’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Baroness Barker’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton, is a stalwart of these debates and she always takes a view that is contrary to mine. I say at the beginning of my speech that I do not question her integrity in any way at all, but I do question the briefing on which she has based her speech tonight—and I question the briefing from this particular college. It has a public position which says that...
My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas of Winchester, is taking part remotely and I invite her to speak. For the middle section of her speech, the noble Baroness will be assisted by the noble Lord, Lord Bruce of Bennachie.
My Lords, yet again I support the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts. I share his view that it is good for charitable and voluntary organisations and campaign groups to be involved in civic activities. There should be full transparency around their involvement. I do not disagree in any way with his suggestion. I would make it a condition of registration with the Charity Commission...
More of Baroness Barker’s recent appearances
Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords in 1999
Currently held offices
- Member, Adult Social Care Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)
- Member, Charities Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (since 22 Jul 2021)
- Deputy Chairman of Committees (since 29 Jul 2020)
- Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector) (since 7 Sep 2015)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Joint) Committee (25 Feb 2019 to 18 Jul 2019)
- Member, Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 28 Mar 2018)
- Member, Select Committee on Charities (25 May 2016 to 26 Mar 2017)
- Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise) (1 Jun 2015 to 7 Sep 2015)
- Member, Draft Protection of Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (10 Nov 2014 to 3 Feb 2015)
- Member, Mental Capacity Act 2005 Committee (16 May 2013 to 25 Feb 2014)
- Spokesperson for Health (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Spokesperson in the Lords, Health (22 Feb 2005 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Member, Draft Mental Health Bill (Joint Committee) (22 Jul 2004 to 11 Jul 2005)
- Social Services, Non-Departmental & Cross-Departmental Responsibilities (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
- Member, Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee) (11 Jul 2003 to 17 Nov 2003)
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