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A selection of Lord Walney’s votes
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Almost always voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2019.
Consistently voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011.
Generally voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2015–2016.
Consistently voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, between 2011–2016.
Voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 8 absences, between 2011–2016.
Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 13 votes against, 5 absences, between 2012–2018.
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.
My Lords, I add my congratulations and strong support to the noble Lord, Lord Knight. He was a brilliant Schools Minister, and he nailed the case in the introduction to his Bill. I naturally share the scepticism that he expressed, and on which the noble Lord, Lord Hannan, expanded, about the dangers of loading the curriculum with ever more worthy subjects—each worthy in their own right....
As the noble Lord, Lord Collins, referenced, the impact of the pandemic on learning creates a greater need for countries to increase their investment in education just at the moment when their economies have shrunk. Will the UK ask the summit to set a goal for nations to increase the proportion of GDP that they spend on education year on year?
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of days of in-person education lost by school pupils in England and Wales as a result of isolating after coming into to contact with a fellow pupil who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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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