Lord Keen of Elie

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

  • Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Independent Advisory Panel On Deaths in Custody 16 Sep 2020

    The Department has continued to take steps to implement the recommendations made in this report, as well as others made by independent experts and scrutiny bodies, as part of its robust response to protect prisoners and prison staff from COVID-19. Progress has been reflected in the development of Exceptional Delivery Models which cover areas such as social visits, education and time in the...
  • Rule of Law: Law Officers - Private Notice Question 15 Sep 2020

    My Lords, the duty of the law officers is to give the Government full and frank legal advice, to advise and to stipulate adherence to the rule of law. Our advice is confidential, and it is fundamentally important that it remains so. As I have said previously, the freedoms and protections that we all enjoy rely on the rule of law. It is an important constitutional principle and, as a...
  • Rule of Law: Law Officers - Private Notice Question 15 Sep 2020

    My Lords, I would find it difficult to disagree with any of the observations made by my noble friend. Of course, we must advise Government—as we would advise others—to temper the rule of law at the level of both domestic and international law. I have to say to this House that, in my opinion, the present Bill does not of itself constitute a breach of international law or of the rule of law.

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 9 June 2015

Currently held offices

  • Member, Constitution Committee (since 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee (since 22 Jul 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee (20 Jun 2019 to 23 Jul 2019)
  • Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice) (18 Jul 2016 to 16 Sep 2020)
  • Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (1 Apr 2016 to 18 Jul 2016)
  • The Advocate-General for Scotland (11 Jun 2015 to 16 Sep 2020)

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