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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 Newby's votes
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Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2010
Consistently voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011
Generally voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2011
Voted a mixture of for and against more EU integration Show votes
6 votes for, 4 votes against, 5 absences, between 2008–2011
Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Newby’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Newby’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for agreeing to answer questions on the Prime Minister’s Statement yesterday. The Government now face four tough challenges in combating coronavirus. The first is how to act proportionately to drive down infections and deaths while at the same time allowing as much economic and social activity as possible to continue. This is an extraordinarily...
My Lords, Jonathan Jones, who was the head of the Government Legal Service, resigned this morning because he thought that the Government’s plans to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement were in breach of the Ministerial Code, which obliges Ministers to obey the law, including international law. How can the EU, or any country with which the UK is currently negotiating, have any trust in...
I support this Motion for the reasons given by the Senior Deputy Speaker, and because at the moment no elections to any public office are being held. Elections were postponed in May and no local council by-elections are being held. If the only election at this point was the hereditary peers by-election in the House of the Lords, it would make us look even more foolish—if that were...
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Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords in 1997
Currently held offices
- Member, House of Lords Commission (since 12 Oct 2016)
- Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords (since 13 Sep 2016)
- Member, Consultative Panel on Parliamentary Security (since 18 Jun 2015)
- Member, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (since 16 May 2012)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (since 16 May 2012)
- Member, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence (since 16 May 2012)
- Member, Committee of Selection (Lords) (since 14 May 2012)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) (12 Oct 2016 to 29 Oct 2019)
- Member, Finance Committee (Lords) (1 Sep 2016 to 27 Oct 2016)
- Liberal Democrat Lords Chief Whip (27 May 2015 to 13 Sep 2016)
- Member, Insurance Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (19 Nov 2014 to 24 Dec 2014)
- Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (20 Jun 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Administration and Works Committee (Lords) (16 May 2012 to 31 Aug 2016)
- Member, Joint Committee on Security (9 May 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Accommodation Steering Group Committee (9 May 2012 to 13 Sep 2016)
- Lords Spokesperson (HM Treasury) (Whip) (9 May 2012 to 7 May 2015)
- Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) (9 May 2012 to 7 May 2015)
- Member, Draft Financial Services Bill (Joint Committee) (20 Jul 2011 to 13 Dec 2011)
- Spokesperson for the Treasury (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Spokesperson in the Lords, Treasury (22 Feb 2005 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Shadow Minister, Treasury (26 Jan 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
- Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (24 Jan 2002 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Economic Affairs Committee (28 Jun 2001 to 20 Nov 2003)
- Member, Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (7 Dec 1998 to 11 May 2001)
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