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 AvatarT-J 25th Jul - 1:24am
    @David Evershed and Jedibeeftrix How far does the federalist idea extend? As far as the bonds of culture, economy and history can be extended. The...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 25th Jul - 12:46am
    They do what William Hague did - become very competent and then go off to make money :). Jokes aside, we do need more political...
  • User AvatarAndi Ali 25th Jul - 12:16am
    Stepehen Donnelly, the conditions will never be right for a peaceful settlement - Israel will see to that, Israel wants to steal Palestinian land not...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 25th Jul - 12:15am
    good question, David, please let us hash this out now: how far do the lib-dem's envisage this federalism extending?
  • User AvatarAndi Ali 25th Jul - 12:11am
    You have to admire the people defending Israel? It's not easy defending a country who are murdering men, women and children in their hundreds, but...
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 24th Jul - 11:46pm
    I don't think that there is any merit in reinterpreting the past. That is not where a solution is to be found. Neither is picking...