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 AvatarDuncan Greenland 20th Apr - 9:07am
    Perhaps a completely coherent manifesto in a theoretical fantasy universe, but one on which no sitting Lib Dem MP could stand and expect to be...
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    Roland, I'm sorry to tell you that your understanding is wrong. Wind turbines are indeed rated on their full output, so a typical large turbine...
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    @Andrew Suffield Do you have any evidence that private healthcare in cancer is better in any clinically significant way? If so, please share it.
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    "but it would hardly tolerate a Scotland allied or associated with any existing or potential enemy." agreed. one of the driving forces on the english...
  • User AvatarJohn Innes 20th Apr - 7:43am
    @Caracatus - Right on, although I think we will take between 30-40 seats, including some gains from Conservatives. Sadly, we will hold Sheffield Hallam.
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    Sinclair, Lloyd George, Beveridge and FDR. The comments in this thread remind me why I remain in the party despite the pale failures who currently...