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A selection of Lord Walney’s votes
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Voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2016.
Almost always voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
0 votes for, 10 votes against, 2 absences, between 2013–2016.
Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2017.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2011–2016.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
47 votes for, 14 votes against, 44 absences, between 2010–2019.
Generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2015–2016.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Walney’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Walney’s full vote analysis page for more.
What would the Government do differently in future? What have they learned as a result of this failure—or is the Minister’s position genuinely that it is just one of those things, and these things happen?
I know that your Lordships will be uplifted to know that that was not in fact the valedictory contribution from the noble Baroness, Lady Harris—as was so cruelly suggested by the Minister at the outset. I declare my registered interest as the chair of the Purpose Business Coalition, which has developed 14 levelling-up goals which bear a striking—some might say suspicious—resemblance to...
Low-alcohol beers and spirits obviously have a lower duty, but the price to consumers is often comparative or even higher than that of other alcohols. What can the Government do to incentivise lower prices for alcohol-free products, which can have significant health benefits?
More of Lord Walney’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 4 September 2020
Previously MP for Barrow and Furness until 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Party was Labour until 30 Mar 2015; Labour/Co-operative until 29 Apr 2018; Independent until 6 Nov 2019
Also represented Barrow and Furness
Topics of interest
Lord Walney campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Work and Pensions
- Communities and Local Government
- Freedom of Information
- Public Appointments
- Senior Civil Servants
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (5 Feb 2018 to 8 May 2019)
- Shadow Minister (Education) (8 May 2015 to 18 Sep 2015)
- Member, Defence Committee (25 Nov 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Shadow Minister (Transport) (8 Oct 2010 to 11 Jan 2013)
- Member, Defence Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
Name of donor: Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Address of donor: Level 2
, 40 Macquarie Barton, ACT
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Travel and accommodation with a value of £5,501.09
Destination of visit: Canberra and Sydney
Dates of visit: 4-11 October 2018
Purpose of visit: To participate in the Australia-United Kingdom Defence and Industry 1
.5 Track Dialogue.
(Registered 07 November 2018)
Name of donor: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: PO
Box 55937, Riyadh 11544
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): return flight London to Riyadh costing £6,484.22; internal flight Riyadh to Dammam costing £562.80; two nights in hotel in Riyadh costing £1,030; total value £8,077.02
Destination of visit: Riyadh and Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia
Dates of visit: 22-25 September 2019
Purpose of visit: Parliamentary fact finding visit to Saudi Aramco
facilities targeted in 14 September 2019 attack and receiving briefings on latest regional situation.
(Registered 14 October 2019)
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