LibLink: From David Laws to Andrew George – The Lib Dem rebellion league table

Over on Left Foot Forward, Mark Pack has blogged an infographic analysing the patterns of rebellion amongst Liberal Democrat MPs:

Liberal Democrat peers used to be in a remarkably privileged position in the party. Not only because they have held office without the pesky need for elections but also because for many years the third party in the House of Lords has been the key swing vote when the government has been wanting to get legislation through…

[However,] helped by the primacy of the Commons, revolts by Liberal Democrat MPs which could cost the government its majority are now no longer the neglected, poor relative of revolts by Liberal Democrat peers - but the patterns of rebellions have, so far, received relatively little attention.

You can read Mark’s full post here, and here’s his infographic in full:

Liberal Democrat MPs rebels and loyalists

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9 Comments

  • Cheltenham Robin 19th Dec '11 - 1:01pm

    Mark can you check your link it doesn’t seem to work. Ta.

  • Mike Hancock was one of the chairs of the committee stage of the Health Bill so like the other chairs (of whatever party) didn’t vote in subsequent stages of the Health Bill in the Commons which probably reduces his total a bit.
    The Westminster Hour on Radio 4 a few weeks ago said the top ten Government rebels were all Tories with Hancock then at number 11.
    There is, of course, the definition of how you define a “rebel” and I appreciate that is defined against the business that the Government brings forward. Arguably though Andrew George and Mike Hancock have been more in line with the coalition agreement and er.. um the Lib Dem 2010 General Election manifesto than Nick Clegg or David Laws.
    The Academies Bill managed to pop up a few weeks after the coalition agreement – although there was no mention of it in the agreement. The Health Bill was not in the agreement. And that’s not to mention things like the VAT rise and tuition fees…
    There of course needs to be freedom for MPs and ministers but the party needs to think about how it will handle coalition agreements in the future as clearly this one was not worth the paper it was written on.

  • Tony Greaves 19th Dec '11 - 4:27pm

    Link to full piece doesn’t work.

    Tony Greaves

  • Richard Swales 19th Dec '11 - 10:34pm

    I also couldn’t find it when I clicked earlier (at work) now it works fine (from home). It doesn’t link to the league table though, just the same graphic that is here.

  • Mark, I am more interested in the voting records of individual MP’s than a link to MHP .
    Unless I am missing something ,why not publish the complete table for all our MP’s . Condensed headline information such as in the graphic might be impressive but I want to know how my own MP performed.

  • Could this explain the lack of support for Mike Hancock during the recent scandal compared with the understanding afforded to David Laws?

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