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 AvatarDave Page 23rd Sep - 5:17pm
    Genius!
  • User Avatarmack (Not a Lib dem) 23rd Sep - 5:04pm
    Mick Taylor 23rd Sep '14 - 1:12pm "Mack, Nick Clegg is NOT linking English devolution to the decision to devolve more to Scotland. Quite the...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 23rd Sep - 5:03pm
    "Chatting about this on Facebook last night, a friend of mine recounted how he at 17 was serving in the Armed Forces in Berlin during...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 23rd Sep - 4:58pm
    @Debra One difficulty is that England and Wales share a legal system so I'm not sure an England only parliament would work. Thanks very much...
  • User Avatarmack (Not a Lib dem) 23rd Sep - 4:58pm
    @ Stuart Moran I concur with all your remarks. @ BrianD I totally agree with your substantive point about a fair society but if the...
  • User AvatarAllan Heron 23rd Sep - 4:46pm
    There does need to be a UK Federal Parliament but it can't be a dumping ground for the odds and sods that English regions don't...