Alistair Burt MP, North East Bedfordshire

voted moderately for the policy

Increase VAT

by scoring 75.1% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectAlistair BurtPolicy vote
Commons17 Dec 2008Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% minorityminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectAlistair BurtPolicy vote
Commons28 Jun 2010Emergency Budget — Value Added Tax MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons6 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax absentMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — No Increase in VAT Rate for Charities — rejected absentMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Require Impact Assessments Before VAT Increase — rejected absentMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax absentMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons22 Jun 2011Opposition Day — The Economy MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons28 Jun 2011Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 absentMajority (strong)
Commons12 Oct 2011Opposition Day — Jobs and Growth absentMajority
Commons9 Nov 2011Opposition Day — Bankers Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — Reducing VAT — Tax Incentive for Small Firms to Take on Extra Workers absentMajority
Commons23 Nov 2011Opposition Day — Economic Growth and Employment absentMajority
Commons14 Dec 2011Opposition Day — Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — New Homes — VAT — Tax Incentives for Small Companies Employing More Workers absentMajority
Commons11 Jan 2012Opposition Day — Energy Prices MajorityMajority
Commons16 May 2012Queens' Speech — Cost of Living — Public Transport Fares — VAT on Fuel absentMajority
Commons17 May 2012Queens' Speech — Tax on Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — VAT Reduction — Make Investment Sooner absentMajority
Commons17 May 2012Queens' Speech — Jobs — Banker's Bonus Tax — VAT Cut — Tax Incentive to Take on Workers — Sooner Infrastructure Investment absentMajority
Commons3 Jul 2012Finance Bill — New Clause 12 — Rate of VAT absentMajority (strong)
Commons5 Sep 2012Opposition Day — Housing MajorityMajority
Commons18 Apr 2013Finance Bill — New Clause 2 — Rate of VAT 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 policy000
MP absent5125250
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy22020
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*9918
Total:404538

*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
 = 
404
538
 = 75.1 %.


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