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 AvatarThomas Shakespeare 10th Feb - 7:54pm
    I'm afraid I digress though!
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 10th Feb - 7:53pm
    Hi Stephen Absolutely. We were kidding ourselves back in May this year. Re coalition here's my view. Coalition was the right decision. I say that...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 10th Feb - 7:53pm
    NHS bosses are thinking of recommending the contract gets imposed. Lib Dems should consider this. We cannot simply allow doctors to write their own contracts,...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 10th Feb - 7:46pm
    Thomas Shakespeare 10th Feb '16 - 5:30pm "AV referendum was a vote against Nick Clegg, not against reform. Tories campaigned by asking voters if they...
  • User Avatarpetermartin2001 10th Feb - 7:46pm
    @RC, I would agree with with Antony if his implied point of the deficit in trade with the EU being offset by an equal surplus...
  • User AvatarPsi 10th Feb - 7:32pm
    Glenn Let's try and pick out some bits you missed. Firstly the metropolitan elite term is hardly "trendy" it does however fairly accurately describe a...