The Bishop of Birmingham

Convenor of the Lords Spiritual


As a result of COVID-19, some MPs have been less able to vote in Parliament, and this will be reflected in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

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A selection of the Bishop of Birmingham's votes

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  • Has never voted on university tuition fees
  • Has never voted on an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency
  • Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
  • Has never voted on more EU integration
  • Has never voted on fewer MPs in the House of Commons

We have lots more plain English analysis of the Bishop of Birmingham’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit the Bishop of Birmingham’s full vote analysis page for more.

Recent appearances

  • Channel Islands Measure - Motion to Direct: Amendment to the Motion 15 Jul 2020

    My Lords, I am grateful for the detailed care that each of the participants in the debate has taken over what is a complex and sensitive matter. I am particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, for bringing forward his concern from the Ecclesiastical Committee. Of course, as the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, has just said, it is regrettable that the committee does not have access...
  • Channel Islands Measure - Motion to Direct 15 Jul 2020

    That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Channel Islands Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.
  • Channel Islands Measure - Motion to Direct 15 Jul 2020

    My Lords, I shall give some brief historical and current background to the Channel Islands Measure, then outline its content. Until the 16th century, the Channel Islands were part of the Church of France and the diocese of Coutances. In 1496, Henry VII obtained a papal bull transferring the islands to the English diocese of Salisbury, but it seems this was not put into effect. The islands...

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Entered the House of Lords on 26 October 2010

Currently held offices

  • Convenor of the Lords Spiritual (since 18 May 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Financial Exclusion Committee (25 May 2016 to 25 Mar 2017)

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