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A selection of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park's votes
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Almost always voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
6 votes for, 1 vote against, 3 absences, between 2013–2016
Consistently voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011
Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
21 votes for, 5 votes against, between 2010–2019
Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2010–2016
Generally voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 1 vote against, 1 absence, between 2011–2016
Generally voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
1 vote for, 6 votes against, 5 absences, between 2013–2016
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park’s full vote analysis page for more.
We will maintain our high human health and environmental standards when operating our own independent pesticides regulatory regime, after the Transition Period. We will ensure decisions on the use of pesticides are based on careful scientific assessment and will not authorise pesticides that may carry unacceptable risks. The statutory requirements of the EU regime on standards of protection...
In 2017, the Government published its ‘Future of the Sea: plastic pollution’ report which supported the estimate that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean globally each year. The Government has introduced a ban on microbeads in rinse-off personal care products and a charge on single-use carrier bags. From October there will be a ban on the supply of plastic...
We received an application from the Ilkley Clean River Group in October 2019 for a stretch of the River Wharfe to be designated as a bathing water area. After reviewing further evidence, we are now preparing to proceed to a public consultation. Given the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we will schedule a date to begin the consultation as soon as it is appropriate to do so. This was confirmed...
More of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 7 January 2020
Previously MP for Richmond Park until 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Also represented Richmond Park
Topics of interest
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park campaigned to leave the European Union
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Energy and Climate Change
- Innovation and Skills
- Heathrow Airport
- Electric Vehicles
- Fossil Fuels
- Energy: Conservation
Currently held offices
- Minister of State (since 13 Feb 2020)
- The Minister of State, Department for International Development (since 13 Feb 2020)
- The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (since 13 Feb 2020)
Other offices held in the past
- The Minister of State, Department for International Development (10 Sep 2019 to 13 Feb 2020)
- The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (10 Sep 2019 to 13 Feb 2020)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (jointly with the Department for International Development) (27 Jul 2019 to 10 Sep 2019)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (20 Jul 2015 to 25 Oct 2016)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.
2. (a) Support linked to an MP
but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Peter Hall
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
Donor status: individual
(Registered 26 September 2019)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
Land in Andalucía owned by a family trust of which I am a beneficiary: (i). (Registered 06 July 2017)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Fitzdares Holdings Ltd; bespoke bookmaker. (Registered 06 July 2017)
From 18 October 2018, Finca La Presa SL
; landholding. (Registered 02 September 2019)
7. (ii) Other shareholdings, valued at more than £70,000
Until 4 April 2019, All Star Leisure Group; ten pin bowling. (Registered 06 July 2017; updated 12 August 2019)
Until 25 October 2019, Weeding Technologies Ltd; herbicide-free weed control systems. (Registered 06 July 2017; updated 31 October 2019)
Until 1 August 2019, a trustee of the Aspinall Foundation; an animal conservation charity. (Registered 06 July 2017; updated 13 August 2019)
Until 29 July 2019, a director of the Countryside Restoration Trust. (Registered 06 June 2017; updated 13 August 2019)
Until 31 October 2019, investment in WHEB
Ventures Private Equity LP
; an investor specialising in sustainability and the environmental sector. (Registered 06 July 2017; updated 31 October 2019)
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