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 AvatarNick Perry 20th Oct - 9:59pm
    John Tilley. David Rogers' winning ways are not in doubt. I am just not sure of the value of making the comment he made on...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 20th Oct - 9:56pm
    "What do you mean by ‘speaking their national language’?" No more Saxons in the UK unless they can prove fluency in Welsh.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 20th Oct - 9:55pm
    Lol! Stuart your comment made me chuckle. They are only ideas, continue the debate and I'll feed back tomorrow.
  • User Avatarstuart moran 20th Oct - 9:50pm
    Look, the free movement of people is enshrined in the Treaty of Rome and is a natural consequence of the development of the EU We...
  • User AvatarJames Baker 20th Oct - 9:45pm
    Great article Mick, I hope people are listening! I'm totally against handing these new City Regions and Combined authorities more powers when they are not...
  • User Avatarstuart moran 20th Oct - 9:37pm
    Eddie Sammon What do you mean by 'speaking their national language'? I think again we would see a repatriation of most Brits living in the...