Baroness Smith of Newnham Portrait

Baroness Smith of Newnham

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Became Member: 12th September 2014

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

(since August 2019)

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)

(since August 2019)

International Relations and Defence Committee
25th May 2016 - 28th Jan 2021


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Baroness Smith of Newnham has voted in 459 divisions, and 7 times against the majority of their Party.

15 Jun 2020 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 72 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 112 Noes - 388
15 Jun 2020 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 67 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 77
28 Apr 2021 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 74 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 93 Noes - 418
28 Apr 2021 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 71 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 409
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 33 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 36 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 75 Noes - 35
5 Jul 2022 - Sitting Times - View Vote Context
Baroness Smith of Newnham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 5 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 38 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 158 Noes - 124
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Goldie (Conservative)
(135 debate interactions)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(65 debate interactions)
Earl of Minto (Conservative)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
(26 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(163 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(33 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(26 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Baroness Smith of Newnham, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


Baroness Smith of Newnham has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Smith of Newnham has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 5 Written Questions

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29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to those eligible to come to the UK under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy who are currently in Pakistan and whose visas have expired or will shortly expire.

We have received verbal assurances from the Government of Pakistan that Afghans supported in Pakistan under UK resettlement schemes will remain safe while they await relocation to the UK. We have suggested that eligible families take sensible precautions including when outside of their accommodation. We have also made them aware of how to respond if approached by the police, including providing contact details for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)/British High Commission. We have distributed letters to every eligible family to help ensure the Government of Pakistan are aware those individuals are under our protection.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, following the recent change in their policy regarding the cap on the number of Afghans eligible to come to the UK under Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, what plans they have to charter planes to allow those to leave Pakistan and arrive in the UK via a safe route.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will see up to 20,000 people from Afghanistan and the region resettled to the UK over the coming years.

Flights for those being resettled under the ACRS are organised by the International Organisation for Migration, in line with requests from the Home Office. As flights are operational you will appreciate, we cannot go into operational details.

We will continue to honour our commitment to bring eligible Afghans to the UK, with new arrivals going directly into settled accommodation where possible.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role played by the Afghan Territorial Force (ATF) 444 in supporting UK Forces, and whether ATF personnel should be eligible to come to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.

I refer the noble Lady to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister for the Armed Forces (James Heappey), in the House of Commons on 30 November to the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Ms Alison Thewliss) in response to Question 3862.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghans and their families have come to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy in the last two months, and how many they expect to arrive before 31 December.

Over 1,500 ARAP Eligible Principals (EPs) and their family members have been relocated in the past two months. Many factors govern the flow of relocation, but we are endeavouring to bring as many eligible Afghans as possible to the UK, as quickly as possible.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of Afghans eligible to come to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy who are currently (1) still in Afghanistan, or (2) in Pakistan.

As of 30 November 2023, there are around 2,991 confirmed ARAP Eligible Principals (EPs) and their family members in Afghanistan, and 2,047 in Pakistan.

These figures fluctuate as we continue to identify eligible individuals. We are committed to support the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families out of Afghanistan and Pakistan as quickly as possible. To date we have brought approximately 13,600 to safety in the UK under the ARAP scheme.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)