Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectDavid BlunkettPolicy vote
Commons29 Mar 2011March 2011 Budget minorityMajority (strong)
Commons26 Apr 2011Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons26 Apr 2011Finance Bill 2011 — Second Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons5 Jul 2011Finance Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons26 Mar 2012March 2012 Budget minorityMajority (strong)
Commons16 Apr 2012Finance Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons16 Apr 2012Finance Bill (carry over) minorityMajority (strong)
Commons3 Jul 2012Finance Bill 2012 — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons25 Mar 2013March 2013 Budget minorityMajority (strong)
Commons15 Apr 2013Finance Bill 2013 — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons2 Jul 2013Finance Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons25 Mar 2014March 2014 Budget minorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Apr 2014Finance Bill — Decline Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Apr 2014Finance Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Apr 2014Finance Bill — Carry-Over minorityMajority (strong)
Commons2 Jul 2014Finance Bill 2013-14 to 2014-15 — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons23 Mar 2015March 2015 Budget minorityMajority (strong)
Commons25 Mar 2015Finance Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectLord BlunkettPolicy vote
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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 policy000
MP voted against policy170850
MP absent12550
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:25900

*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
 = 
25
900
 = 2.8 %.


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