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- 11th May to 2nd June 2020
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Lord Bach’s votes
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Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, in 2010.
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011.
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 7 votes against, in 2011.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
13 votes for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2008–2011.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Bach’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Bach’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the accountability arrangements for Police and Crime Commissioners.
My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer and for his written reply I received this morning on the vexed question of whether the accountability of police and crime commissioners includes, by law, the need to inform the police and crime panel of senior appointments so that the panel can interview and form a view, even when the senior appointment is interim. The Government’s view is that...
More of Lord Bach’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords in 1998
Currently held offices
- Member, Public Services Committee (since 31 Jan 2023)
- Member, Children and Families Act 2014 Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (18 Sep 2015 to 12 May 2016)
- Shadow Attorney General (3 Dec 2014 to 12 Sep 2015)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (8 Oct 2013 to 18 Sep 2015)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) (8 Oct 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice (6 Oct 2008 to 11 May 2010)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (5 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Government Whip (8 Nov 2007 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Government Whip (7 Nov 2007 to 5 Jun 2009)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee D - Environment and Agriculture (21 Nov 2006 to 30 Oct 2007)
- Member, Draft Legal Services Bill (Joint Committee) (23 May 2006 to 25 Jul 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (11 May 2005 to 8 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming, Food and Sustainable Energy) (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement) (12 Jun 2001 to 10 May 2005)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence (11 Jun 2001 to 11 May 2005)
- Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (20 Nov 2000 to 11 Jun 2001)
- Government Whip (28 Jul 1999 to 20 Nov 2000)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee E (24 Nov 1998 to 11 Nov 1999)
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