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 AvatarMack (Not a Lib Dem) 20th Aug - 3:21pm
    @ Simon Shaw "Could you explain what part of either Labour’s or the Coalition Government’s Bedroom Taxes are backdated" Again you've missed the point. Labour's...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 20th Aug - 3:18pm
    A tiny little earthquake, that did no damage, and that might or might not have been caused by fracking, could easily turn into a huge...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 20th Aug - 3:12pm
    The slippery slope fallacy is what the proponents of climate change base their case on. A small change of temperature over a short time period...
  • User Avatarcogload 20th Aug - 3:01pm
    You may expect the Unionists to be negotiating on the basis of minimal change re the pound. However your expectations are somewhat incorrect.
  • User AvatarMack (Not a Lib Dem) 20th Aug - 2:59pm
    @ Matt and Stuart I am attaching a link to an excellent summation of the contrasts between Labour's Housing Allowance ,2008 (What Simon Shaw call...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 20th Aug - 2:50pm
    @ Daft ha' porth, Thank you for your informative post. It is greatly appreciated. You are correct, the reports are not terribly readable , especially...