Thursday, 10 February 2011

Go Compare - but without the 'dot com'

Here you will find the voting record of the first debate on the European Union Bill (24Jan); and here the voting record on the second debate of the European Union Bill (26Jan). Here is the voting record of the debate on prisoner's votes. (10Feb).

In the preceding post I mentioned the fact that some Members of Parliament (MPs) felt so incensed about their right to decide who may be eligible to vote being over ruled by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that they decided to 'make a stand'. I also compared their stated desire of underlining what they considered to be Parliament's right to make law with their obvious acceptance of the European Union making law, a situation with which they appeared to be compliant.

It is, I believe, accepted that, in general, both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are Europhile in belief - aka they wish this country to remain a member of the European Union (EU). The Conservative Party presented itself at the last election as a Eurosceptic party and because of that their candidates did, it can be argued, garner a number of votes which they might not have received were their principles known.

Comparison of the three links above - and the voting records contained therein - show the following MPs felt it worth making a stand on their right to decide who can vote in elections in this country - coupled with their 'right' to make the law in this respect - but, it would seem, are indifferent to the question of who actually 'governs' this country. In other words, the MPs listed below contradict themselves with their voting records, believing that they can assert their 'sovereignty with one hand, whilst content to acquiese giving it away with the other having voted, at one stage or another, in support of the European Union Bill. It is also worth noting that the following list does not contain those Front Bench members who were under instructions to abstain - a choice which in my book is as good as voting against the right of this country to make its own laws. (e&oe)

Afriyie, Adam
Amess, Mr David
Andrew, Stuart
Bacon, Mr Richard
Bailey, Mr Adrian
Baldwin, Harriett
Barclay, Stephen
Barwell, Gavin
Begg, Dame Anne
Bingham, Andrew
Blackman, Bob
Blackwood, Nicola
Boles, Nick
Bradley, Karen
Bray, Angie
Bridgen, Andrew
Brine, Mr Steve
Bruce, Fiona
Buckland, Mr Robert
Burley, Mr Aidan
Burns, Conor
Byles, Dan
Cairns, Alun
Carmichael, Neil
Chishti, Rehman
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Coffey, Dr Thérèse
Collins, Damian
Colvile, Oliver
Cox, Mr Geoffrey
Crausby, Mr David
Creasy, Stella
Crouch, Tracey
Cunningham, Tony
Davidson, Mr Ian
Davis, David
Davies, David T. C. (Monmouth)
de Bois, Nick
Dinenage, Caroline
Dobbin, Jim
Docherty, Thomas
Dodds, rh Mr Nigel
Dorries, Nadine
Dowd, Jim
Doyle, Gemma
Doyle-Price, Jackie
Dugher, Michael
Ellis, Michael
Elphicke, Charlie
Engel, Natascha
Eustice, George
Evans, Graham
Evennett, Mr David
Fallon, Michael
Field, Mr Mark
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Freeman, George
Freer, Mike
Fullbrook, Lorraine
Fuller, Richard
Gapes, Mike
Garnier, Mark
Gilbert, Stephen
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Goggins, rh Paul
Graham, Richard
Gray, Mr James
Griffiths, Andrew
Gummer, Ben
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Halfon, Robert
Hamilton, Mr David
Hammond, Stephen
Hancock, Matthew
Hands, Greg
Harris, Rebecca
Harris, Mr Tom
Hart, Simon
Henderson, Gordon
Hinds, Damian
Hodge, rh Margaret
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Holloway, Mr Adam
Hosie, Stewart
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Javid, Sajid
Johnson, rh Alan
Johnson, Diana
Johnson, Gareth
Jones, Andrew
Jones, Mr Marcus
Jones, Susan Elan
Keeley, Barbara
Kirby, Simon
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Latham, Pauline
Leadsom, Andrea
Lee, Dr Phillip
Lefroy, Jeremy
Leigh, Mr Edward
Leslie, Charlotte
Leslie, Chris
Lewis, Brandon
Lewis, Dr Julian
Lopresti, Jack
Lucas, Ian
Maynard, Paul
McClymont, Gregg
McVey, Esther
Mercer, Patrick
Metcalfe, Stephen
Michael, rh Alun
Mills, Nigel
Mitchell, Austin
Morgan, Nicky
Morris, Grahame M. (Easington)
Morris, James
Mosley, Stephen
Newton, Sarah
Nokes, Caroline
Offord, Mr Matthew
Ottaway, Richard
Pawsey, Mark
Percy, Andrew
Phillips, Stephen
Phillipson, Bridget
Pincher, Christopher
Poulter, Dr Daniel
Pound, Stephen
Pugh, John
Raab, Mr Dominic
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Scott, Mr Lee
Selous, Andrew
Sharma, Alok
Simmonds, Mark
Skidmore, Chris
Smith, Henry
Smith, Julian
Spellar, rh Mr John
Stanley, rh Sir John
Stewart, Iain
Streeter, Mr Gary
Stringer, Graham
Stuart, Ms Gisela
Stuart, Mr Graham
Sturdy, Julian
Tami, Mark
Tomlinson, Justin
Truss, Elizabeth
Uppal, Paul
Vickers, Martin
Walker, Mr Charles
Walker, Mr Robin
Walter, Mr Robert
Watson, Mr Tom
Weatherley, Mike
Weir, Mr Mike
Wharton, James
Wheeler, Heather
White, Chris
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Whittaker, Craig
Whittingdale, Mr John
Wicks, rh Malcolm
Williamson, Gavin
Wilson, Phil
Wilson, Mr Rob
Wollaston, Dr Sarah
Wright, David
Wright, Mr Iain
Zahawi, Nadhim 

Obviously the aforementioned do deserve the accolade of 'honourable and principled' members - not! It is to be hoped that their electorates will hold these MPs to account?


Adam R. said...

Caroline Lucas was a nay. I guess denying prisoners the right to vote isn't carbon neutral.

outsider said...

Oh dear. Both my MPs are on your list and both have big majorities, though one might not after boundary changes.
The difference, of course, is whipping on both sides and shows how different our policies might be if free votes were the norm. There are, in particular, many more Labour euro-realists than one might imagine.
By the way, I am not sure your list is entirely accurate. For instance, as I see it, you are kind to RH David Davis and unkind to Gisela Stuart. Apologies if I am wrong.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

AR: Lucas was noted as a nay but she has never voted against the EU Bill, hence no mention on the list.

o: You have two MPs - how come? Davis has never voted with the govt, as far as I can see, on the EU Bill. Stuart has and that is why her name appears. She may have voted with the govt on a technicality but she voted.

outsider said...

Thanks for your response. It's confusing. I was thinking of Mr Clappison's key Amendment 11, where Mr Davis voted No with the Government.
I am (properly) registered in two constituencies but (properly) vote in only one each time.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

o: I stand corrected and missed that! Always confusing the two Davis's! Post amended and Davis D added to list! Forgiven?