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 AvatarAndrewMcC 3rd Sep - 1:04am
    Phyllis, Tim wrote a letter to Cameron on 1st August saying we should join an EU quota system: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/calais-migrant-crisis-we-should-pull-our-weight-to-deal-with-this-crisis-tim-farron-tells-pm-10432855.html It looks like the figure of...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 3rd Sep - 12:57am
    @Stuart - I'm getting really tired about people pontificating about Lib Dems when they're not paying attention to what we're doing or saying. Tim Farron...
  • User AvatarAndrewMcC 3rd Sep - 12:40am
    Carl, OK, just one question: 1) I kill someone illegally (wholly wholly wholly wrong according to Paddy Ashdown) 2) I say something is a tragedy...
  • User Avatarnigel hunter 3rd Sep - 12:10am
    I have said in a recent article to develop sort of holiday camp estates with caravanettes or portacabins or the like.to house refugees. The refugees...
  • User AvatarCarl Gardner 2nd Sep - 11:53pm
    @David Allen, You answered your own question, in the words you quoted: This was ... another tragedy ... The World Trade Center was a tragedy...
  • User AvatarCarl Gardner 2nd Sep - 11:45pm
    @ATF, Thanks for what you've said about my Twitter feed, blog etc.. And for reading them.