Baroness Penn

The Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

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

  • Upcoming Business – Lords: Grand Committee 22 Feb 2023

    Draft Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2023; The Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Rates, Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2023 – Baroness Penn. Orders and regulations; 4:15 pm
  • Energy Profits Levy - Question 7 Feb 2023

    The energy profits levy was introduced in May 2022 to respond to very high prices that mean that oil and gas companies are benefiting from exceptional profits. In the Autumn Statement, the Government confirmed that the rate of the levy would rise by 10 percentage points to 35%. This brings the combined headline rate for tax for the sector to 75%. The OBR forecasts that the levy alone could...
  • Energy Profits Levy - Question 7 Feb 2023

    I absolutely agree with the noble Baroness on the importance of protecting consumers, including vulnerable consumers. We have the energy price guarantee and other support for them, for example, through increasing rates of universal credit. I completely agree with her on the need to focus on energy efficiency, but I disagree on her interpretation of the current regime as having...

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 10 October 2019

Currently held offices

  • The Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury (since 30 Oct 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) (19 Mar 2020 to 20 Sep 2022)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (29 Oct 2019 to 21 Apr 2020)

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