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 AvatarFrankBooth 25th Apr - 3:17pm
    It's all claret and blue to the PM. Which if rumours are to be believed are amongst his favourite colours. As for the FT piece...
  • User AvatarWHS 25th Apr - 3:14pm
    Funny, the last Lib Dem councillor on Tower Hamlets, Stephanie Eaton, was all in favour of Lutfur Rahman, often giving him the crucial single vote...
  • User AvatarRabih Makki 25th Apr - 3:05pm
    All the best Nick, you go play with your balls while I work on my spelling.
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 25th Apr - 3:05pm
    Indeed, Alex Sabine. There will be a piece about Nick's FT comments later. But as you correctly surmise, we have lots of other things to...
  • User AvatarNick Collins 25th Apr - 3:03pm
    "Muscular spelling and grammar": an interesting concept with which I am not familiar. I'd love to stay and investigate further the 'wit and wisdom' of...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 25th Apr - 3:02pm
    @ matt "There are a lot of people who have stopped posting on this forum over the last 12 months especially. A lot of left...
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