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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    John Hann an interesting article. I think it probably correct that many people voted exit because of wider reasons, including the feeling of improvement in...
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    @J Dunn - Thanks, I had missed the passing of Alvin Toffler. I would agree his books are still worth reading, for many of the...
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    Just because our main parties in Britain have "sister " parties in Northern Ireland , we get so little coverage of that area , nationally...
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    Yes Yellow Submarine. Further: If MU were to let (say) a Labour candidate win the coupon in 95% of the seats, then MU would have...
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    I think there is a very real danger here. Most Lib Dems will not campaign and assist Labour candidates (who I'm sure can spin a...
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    Graham, Simon and others > UK population pays twice for their food; once with the taxes, and again at the till. The population pay what...
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