Betty Williams MP, Conwy

voted moderately for the policy

Remove Hereditary Peers from the House of Lords

by scoring 70.8% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectMrs Betty WilliamsPolicy vote
Commons2 Feb 1999House of Lords Bill — Decline to give a Second Reading — rejected absentMajority
Commons2 Feb 1999House of Lords Bill — Second Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons15 Feb 1999House of Lords Bill — Exclusion of hereditary peers from voting — rejected absentMajority
Commons16 Feb 1999House of Lords Bill — Hereditary peers to be elected by House of Lords members — rejected absentMajority
Commons16 Mar 1999House of Lords Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons10 Nov 1999House of Lords Bill — Exceptions from the rule that hereditary peers should be abolished Majorityminority
HouseDateSubjectMrs Betty WilliamsPolicy vote
Commons8 Jul 2003House of Lords Reform — Exclusion of remaining Hereditary Peers MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectBetty WilliamsPolicy vote
Commons7 Mar 2007House of Lords Reform — Remove Hereditary Places 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 policy2100100
MP voted against policy000
MP absent250100
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*336
Total:153216

*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
 = 
153
216
 = 70.8 %.


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