Lord Oates

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

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

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

  • Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve 23 Feb 2021

    My Lords, I declare my interest, as set out in the register, as chairman of the advisory board of Weber Shandwick UK. I thank the Minister for his helpful introduction, and it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh of Pickering, as we entered the House on the same day. As the Explanatory Memorandum highlights, the electricity market is complex and opaque, perhaps...
  • Covid-19 - Statement 11 Feb 2021

    The Minister told the House in his earlier response to the Front Benches that there was no point in securing our borders before the new variants emerged. Was that not exactly when we should have closed the borders in order to prevent the new variants arriving in our country, rather than shutting them once they had? Why did he suggest that the new variants were unexpected when, as I understand...
  • Tigray - Question 8 Feb 2021

    My Lords, what discussions have the UK Government, as president of the Security Council, had with the African Union on efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict and to secure urgent humanitarian access to Tigray?

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 27 October 2015

Currently held offices

  • Member, International Agreements Committee (since 23 Apr 2020)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (since 29 Jan 2020)
  • Member, European Union Committee (since 29 Oct 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (2 Jul 2019 to 23 Apr 2020)
  • Member, EU Justice Sub-Committee (26 Jan 2016 to 5 Sep 2017)

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