Baroness Smith of Newnham

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat Peer

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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Recent appearances

  • Interest Rates - Private Notice Question 23 Sep 2020

    My Lords, the Minister seems to have felt the need to disagree with almost all the noble Lords who have spoken. In particular, she disagreed with my noble friend Lady Kramer, who suggested that the impact of the NS&I cuts—[Interruption.] I am extremely sorry for that interruption; it was possibly from a website trying to sell me bonds because I have been looking up NS&I activities. My...
  • China: Uighur Internment Camps - Question 23 Sep 2020

    My Lords, returning to the original Question: could the Minister tell us what it would require for Her Majesty’s Government to analyse the treatment of the Uighurs as a potential genocide, and what it would take for them to raise that internationally?
  • Afghanistan: Locally Employed Civilians - Private Notice Question 22 Sep 2020

    My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, I welcome the extension of the ex-gratia scheme. The Minister referred at least twice to the Home Office. There is a concern that the extension might not have much effect if those interpreters who have already felt the need to leave Afghanistan cannot make use of the scheme here. Can the Minister take back to the Home Office the need to look...

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 21 October 2014

Currently held offices

  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence) (since 29 Aug 2019)
  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (since 25 May 2016)

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