How Liberal is your MP: Lib Dem MP rankings in full

Lib Dem Voice launched our new website – How Liberal / Authoritarian is your MP? – at the party’s spring conference last weekend.

LDV has identified 10 key votes from the 2005-10 Parliament – ranging from ID cards and freedom of speech to freedom of information and trial without jury – in order to rank all MPs according to how liberal or authoritarian their record is. All MPs are marked out of 100: the higher their score the more authoritarian they are. The lower their score the more liberal is their voting record.

Yesterday we noted the 24 Lib Dem MPs who recorded a perfect zero score of 0/100, meaning they had voted on the liberal side of the argument in each of the 10 Commons debates we looked at. Today we’re publishing the full results for Lib Dem MPs:

    =62 Richard Younger-Ross Teignbridge Liberal Democrat 12
    =62 Mark Oaten Winchester Liberal Democrat 12
    =58 Mike Hancock Portsmouth South Liberal Democrat 9
    =58 Nick Clegg Sheffield, Hallam Liberal Democrat 9
    =58 Matthew Taylor Truro & St Austell Liberal Democrat 9
    =58 Charles Kennedy Ross, Skye & Lochaber Liberal Democrat 9
    =44 John Hemming Birmingham, Yardley Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Roger Williams Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Martin Horwood Cheltenham Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Bob Russell Colchester Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Colin Breed South East Cornwall Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Nick Harvey North Devon Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Malcolm Bruce Gordon Liberal Democrat 9
    =44 Paul Keetch Hereford Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Edward Davey Kingston & Surbiton Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Norman Lamb North Norfolk Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Susan Kramer Richmond Park Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Paul Rowen Rochdale Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Danny Alexander Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Liberal Democrat 6
    =44 Mark Hunter Cheadle Liberal Democrat 6
    =25 Sarah Teather Brent East Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 David Howarth Cambridge Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Tom Brake Carshalton & Wallington Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Mark Williams Ceredigion Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Annette Brooke Mid Dorset & North Poole Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Julia Goldsworthy Falmouth & Camborne Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Greg Mulholland Leeds North West Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Lembit Öpik Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Steve Webb Northavon Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Simon Hughes North Southwark & Bermondsey Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Vincent Cable Twickenham Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Tim Farron Westmorland & Lonsdale Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Sandra Gidley Romsey Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 David Laws Yeovil Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Michael Moore Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 John Thurso Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Jo Swinson East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Menzies Campbell Fife North East Liberal Democrat 3
    =25 Willie Rennie Dunfermline & Fife West Liberal Democrat 3
    =1 Don Foster Bath Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Alan Beith Berwick-upon-Tweed Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Stephen Williams Bristol West Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Jenny Willott Cardiff Central Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Paul Holmes Chesterfield Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Dan Rogerson North Cornwall Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Chris Huhne Eastleigh Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Phil Willis Harrogate & Knaresborough Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Andrew Stunell Hazel Grove Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Lynne Featherstone Hornsey & Wood Green Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Norman Baker Lewes Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 John Leech Manchester, Withington Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Evan Harris Oxford West & Abingdon Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Andrew George St Ives Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Lorely Burt Solihull Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 David Heath Somerton & Frome Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 John Pugh Southport Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Paul Burstow Sutton & Cheam Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Jeremy Browne Taunton Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Adrian Sanders Torbay Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Robert Smith Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Alan Reid Argyll & Bute Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 John Barrett Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat 0
    =1 Alistair Carmichael Orkney & Shetland Liberal Democrat 0

I want to make a pre-emptive defence in favour of those Lib Dem MPs (including Nick Clegg) at the higher end of the table: what their score in fact means is that they were absent from the House of Commons for 3 or 4 of the votes included in our ranking. In other words, none of them voted in an anti-liberal way. In fact the Lib Dems as a party voted unanimously on each and every one of the 10 key votes we identified; but not all Lib Dem MPs voted in each division.

Do please use How Liberal / Authoritarian is your MP? and its built-in social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to spread the news about how liberal or authoritarian your MP is.

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  • Andrew Suffield 18th Mar '10 - 9:44am

    If people can score that high without voting the wrong way on any occasion, then this probably isn’t a very interesting scoring system. Certainly not “five posts in a week” interesting.

  • I think the influence of missing votes needs to be tones down a bit so that its clearer when an MP has actively supported an Illiberal measure (NB yes I acknowledge that abstaining can help an illiberal measure)

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