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 AvatarGlenn 26th Feb - 11:28pm
    David Raw, If they want another referendum that's up to them , but at the moment they're still British and 30 odd percent of them...
  • User Avatarfrankie 26th Feb - 11:26pm
    Oh and I read the Scottish independence white paper, if that isn't a wish list and a flight of fantasy well I don't know what...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 26th Feb - 11:24pm
    Eddie If you ever again say you are not one of the best mannered on here when I defend you, and if a certain lordly...
  • User Avatarfrankie 26th Feb - 11:22pm
    @David Raw I've read wings over Scotland need I say more.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 26th Feb - 11:05pm
    @ Simon Banks.......Apologies. Living in the past again. Should be 2020. Back in 1920 some Libs were in the Lloyd George/Tory coalition, whilst the Asquith...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 26th Feb - 10:33pm
    I know many people concluded we were too rushed in agreeing to the coalition in 2010, but what's this coalition we're considering joining in 1920?