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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    @ Tony Greaves I think you're maligning the 19th century.
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    @George - a query as I didn't get intimately involved in consumer goods testing such as electric kettle safety testing, I would of thought that...
  • User AvatarBolano 26th Mar - 11:02pm
    I am curious as to how many more pro-TTIP articles LDV is going to run. And what the proportion of pro- to anti- articles is....
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    A good example of investor-state dispute systems at work is when Russia tried - illegally - to nationalise the otherwise successful BP-Rosneft joint venture, largely...
  • User AvatarRoland 26th Mar - 10:54pm
    @George - Thanks for providing a little more substance to your case, that is accessible to those who don't have the time to endlessly search...
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    The Pitcairn Islands should be transferred to New Zealand and what happens to the ocean around them should be up to them and the Pitcairn...
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