Viscount Ridley

Former Conservative Peer

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

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.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

Recent appearances

  • Covid-19: National Memorial - Question 8 Dec 2021

    My Lords, does my noble friend agree that we owe it to the dead, as a memorial, to find out how this pandemic began? I declare an interest in having co-authored a book on the topic.
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Report (Continued): Amendment 23 6 Dec 2021

    My Lords, I shall just comment very briefly on what my noble friend has just said. I disagreed with him on one point, when he said that there were no leading lights in the science of sentience. I draw his attention to a wonderful book published by Oxford University Press just a few months ago by the great Cambridge psychologist Nick Humphrey. Nick says, after 60,000 words of argument, as he...
  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Report (Continued): Amendment 9 6 Dec 2021

    My Lords, I am obviously a little disappointed that my brilliant suggestion about the Cabinet Office committee has not fallen on more fertile ground. To use an analogy, you would keep a sheep dog in a kennel rather than with the sheep, but I will not pursue that one. I thank noble Lords who have spoken in this short debate and beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 9 withdrawn....

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Former Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 13 February 2013

Left the House of Lords on 17 December 2021

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (1 Jul 2019 to 2 Mar 2021)
  • Member, Artificial Intelligence Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 13 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (12 Jun 2014 to 27 Apr 2017)

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