Lord Polak

Conservative 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

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

  • Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill - Committee (and remaining stages): Amendment 1 25 Feb 2021

    My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Fox. I too was unfortunately unable to take part at Second Reading but congratulate my noble friend Lady Noakes on her brilliant speech on Monday. Did she really expect to be here today listening to this debate? Like my noble friend Lord Cormack, I think that the cross-party ad hoc group that came into being shows what can be...
  • Trade Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) 23 Feb 2021

    I rise once again to support my noble friend Lord Alton. It is always a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Blencathra, a former Chief Whip, who does himself down—he knew all the tricks of his trade. I will not repeat the arguments I made in this Chamber on 7 December or 2 February; they are on record. I pay tribute to my noble friend the Minister, who perhaps could have chosen...
  • Covid-19: Surplus Vaccine Doses - Private Notice Question 22 Feb 2021

    We are a charitable and generous country, but we can do more than just hand over our spare vaccines to save lives in the developing world. Perhaps the reduction, which has been mentioned, from 0.7% to 0.5% should be put on hold, with that £4 billion used in 2021 to buy vaccines to save lives in low-income countries. Can the Minister confirm whether the 0.2% reduction began in January or will...

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 20 October 2015

Currently held offices

  • Member, EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee (since 23 Apr 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, European Union Committee (17 Oct 2018 to 15 Jul 2019)
  • Member, EU Justice Sub-Committee (26 May 2016 to 23 Apr 2020)

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