Author Archives: Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart

The Independent View: And then there was one… (Unmasked! The only backbench Lib Dem MP 100% loyal to the Coalition)

When a quarter of the parliamentary Conservative party rebels, everyone sits up and takes notice. On 24 October, 2011, 81 Conservative MPs defied a three-line whip to vote in favour of an EU referendum: cue a blaze of negative publicity for David Cameron and the Tory party whips.

But a week or so later one-quarter of Lib Dem MPs rebelled, and (almost) no one noticed. In nine separate votes on 1 and 2 November, a total of 14 Lib Dem MPs voted against various aspects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The largest …

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Opinion: the reality is a long way from equidistance

We are, said George Orwell, ‘a nation of flower-lovers, but also a nation of stamp-collectors, pigeon-fanciers, amateur carpenters, coupon-snippers, darts-players, crossword-puzzle fans’.  We think we can top that list.  We collect statistics on parliamentary voting behaviour.

And over the last decade we’ve noticed the remarkable change that has come over Lib Dem MPs.  Out of the 182 whipped votes in the last session of parliament, they voted with the Government on just 22 occasions.  Of the votes that occurred on the Second or Third Reading of Bills – what are effectively the votes on the overall principle of the bill – …

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  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 24th Apr - 2:48pm
    Jeremy Browne He wanted to ‘open up the independent schools Much of the comment on this line is based on the belief that local authorities...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 24th Apr - 2:44pm
    @Raddiy You might like to look at the list of member countries of NATO. You might even recognize some of them (a majority) as European...
  • User AvatarTim 24th Apr - 2:42pm
    > security against military threats Try telling the Ukrainians that. > opportunities for beneficial trade > future expanding markets > consequential employment and economic development...
  • User AvatarGareth Epps 24th Apr - 2:41pm
    Jeremy, are you saying that I should not use the review copy sent to Liberator to review your book?
  • User AvatarCharles Rothwell 24th Apr - 2:38pm
    Why on earth does Clegg not make more frequent reference to the recent (November 2013) CBI Report on "Our Global Future" which, while certainly making...
  • User AvatarRaddiy 24th Apr - 2:36pm
    @ Richard Dean Since your first example is completely wrong, it is barely worth giving any credence to the rest of your list. NATO maintains...