voted ambiguously on the policy
by scoring 50.0% compared to the votes below
|House||Date||Subject||Mr Peter Ainsworth||Policy vote|
|Commons||24 Sep 2002||Iraq — Weapons of Mass Destruction||absent||minority|
|Commons||25 Nov 2002||Iraq — UN Security Council Resolution 1441 — Second resolution necessary — rejected||Majority||Majority|
|Commons||26 Feb 2003||Iraq — Case for war is unproven — rejected||minority||Majority|
|Commons||26 Feb 2003||Iraq — Endorse UN Security Council Resolution 1441 — Final Opportunity for Iraq to Disarm||absent||Majority|
|Commons||18 Mar 2003||Iraq — Case for war not established — rejected||minority||Majority (strong)|
|Commons||18 Mar 2003||Iraq — Declaration of War||Majority||Majority (strong)|
The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, no points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, no points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.
Questions about this formula can be discussed on the forum.
|No of votes||Points||Out of|
|Most important votes (50 points)|
|MP voted with policy||1||50||50|
|MP voted against policy||1||0||50|
|Less important votes (10 points)|
|MP voted with policy||1||10||10|
|MP voted against policy||1||0||10|
|Less important absentees (2 points)|
*Pressure of other work means MPs or Lords are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.