Baroness Blake of Leeds

Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

Labour 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

  • Called-in Planning Decision: West Cumbria - Statement 8 Dec 2022

    I cannot say it better than Alok Sharma, the President of COP, said it in the press at the weekend: “A decision to open a new coalmine would send completely the wrong message and be an own goal. This proposed new mine will have no impact on reducing energy bills or ensuring our energy security.” I am pleased to see that the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, is in his place. I have been preparing...
  • Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Motion to Take Note 8 Dec 2022

    My Lords, I sincerely thank my noble friend Lord Watson for securing this timely debate and all noble Lords who made such incredibly well-informed contributions today. I also thank those responsible for the many briefings that we have all received. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the LGA, and express my thanks and gratitude to all those working to protect vulnerable children and...
  • COP 27: Outcome - Question 6 Dec 2022

    My Lords, as well as the net-zero priorities highlighted at COP 27, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has of course underlined the need to move away from oil and gas and on to homegrown, cheap, clean energy sources that guarantee our energy security. Why have the Government been doubling down on this in regard to fossil fuels, including the loophole to save generators’ profits, while...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 1 February 2021

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade) (since 4 Dec 2021)
  • Opposition Whip (Lords) (since 18 May 2021)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Housing) (19 Sep 2021 to 3 Dec 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) (19 Sep 2021 to 3 Dec 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government) (18 May 2021 to 18 Sep 2021)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Housing) (18 May 2021 to 18 Sep 2021)

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