Don Foster MP, Bath

voted ambiguously on the policy

Schools - Greater Autonomy

by scoring 47.7% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectMr Don FosterPolicy vote
Commons11 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Exemption from strict class size limits — rejected Majorityminority
Commons11 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Grant Maintained Schools (Parental Ballot) — rejected Majorityminority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — End Partial Selection of Pupils — rejected minorityMajority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Abolition of corporal punishment in schools Majorityminority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Third Reading Majorityminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectMr Don FosterPolicy vote
Commons5 Feb 2002Education Bill — Power of school to innovate without permission of the Secretary of State — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship — rejected absentMajority
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship (No. 2) — rejected absentMajority
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — Abolish selection by aptitude in state schools — rejected absentMajority
Commons15 Jul 2002Education Bill — Lords Amendment on Academies' Admissions Arrangements Majorityminority
HouseDateSubjectDon FosterPolicy vote
Commons15 Mar 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons23 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Duty to encourage schools to become foundation schools — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons23 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Acceptance of school rules a condition of admission — rejected Majorityminority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Regulate schools' admissions policies — rejected minorityMajority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — End selection by ability — rejected minorityMajority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Requirement "to have regard to" the Secretary of State's Code for School Admissions — rejected Majorityminority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectDon FosterPolicy vote
Commons19 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons19 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Permitting Special Schools to Become Academies absentMajority
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — New Academies Only Where There is Proven Need -rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Personal, Social and Health Education in Academy School Curricula -rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Require Academies to Comply with the School Admissions Code — rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Academy Schools to Comply with Exclusion and Behaviour Legislation — rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Selective Schools Becoming Academies Exempt from Requirement to Provide Education for Pupils of Different Abilities absentMajority
Commons26 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Clause 16 — Pre-commencement applications etc absentMajority
Commons26 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons8 Feb 2011Education Bill (second reading) MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons11 May 2011Education Bill — New Clause 9 — Requirement to achieve specified standard: suppliers of careers guidance MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons11 May 2011Education Bill — Third Reading MajorityMajority (strong)

How the number is calculated

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 votesPointsOut of
Most important votes (50 points)   
MP voted with policy5250250
MP voted against policy40200
MP absent6150300
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy9090
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*6612
Total:406852

*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.

agreement score
MP's points
total points
 = 
406
852
 = 47.7 %.


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