David Ruffley MP, Bury St Edmunds

voted moderately against the policy

More powers for local councils

by scoring 37.5% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectDavid RuffleyPolicy vote
Commons19 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Decline Second Reading absentminority (strong)
Commons19 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Second Reading absentminority (strong)
Commons26 Jul 2010Academies Bill — Third Reading absentminority (strong)
Commons13 Oct 2010London Local Authorities Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Dec 2010Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority
Commons13 Dec 2010Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Money MajorityMajority
Commons17 Jan 2011Localism Bill — Declines Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons17 Jan 2011Localism Bill (Money) MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons8 Feb 2011Education Bill (second reading) Majorityminority (strong)
Commons30 Mar 2011Local Government Publicity absentminority
Commons31 Mar 2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Clause 142 — Directions Releated to Prohibited Actvitity in Parliament Square absentminority
Commons31 Mar 2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading absentMajority
Commons11 May 2011Education Bill — Clause 34 — Role of Local Authority in Implementation of Decisions by School Admissions Adjudicator Majorityminority (strong)
Commons17 May 2011Localism Bill — Clause 5 — Power for Secretary of State to Repeal Laws Conflicting with General Power of Competence for Local Government absentMajority (strong)
Commons17 May 2011Localism Bill — Schedule 2 — Power for Secretary of State to Impose Change to Mayor and Cabinet Executive Majorityminority (strong)
Commons17 May 2011Localism Bill — New Clause 31 — Planning Permission for Betting Shops Majorityminority
Commons18 May 2011Localism Bill — Clause 168 — Designation of Mayoral Development Areas Majorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2011Localism Bill — Third Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons7 Dec 2011London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 4 — Power to Require Name and Address for Council Officers, PCSOs and Accredited Individuals When Issuing FPNs absentMajority (strong)
Commons10 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Second reading MajorityMajority
Commons11 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Carry over to next Parliamentary session absentMajority
Commons18 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 1 — Local Retention of Business Rates MajorityMajority
Commons25 Jan 2012London Local Authorities Bill — Street Litter Control Notices — Application to All Non Domestic Premises absentminority
Commons31 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Spending on Council tax Reduction Schemes MajorityMajority
Commons21 Feb 2012London Local Authorities Bill — Clause 9 — Street trading: vehicles and the internet absentMajority
Commons21 May 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons17 Dec 2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 1 — Planning Applications Directly to Secretary of State Majorityminority (strong)
Commons23 Jan 2013Opposition Day — Regulation of the Private Rented Sector Majorityminority (strong)
Commons16 Apr 2013Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Development orders: development within the curtilage of a dwelling house Majorityminority (strong)
Commons16 Oct 2013Opposition Day — Localism — Powers Relating to High Streets and Town and City Centres absentminority (strong)
Commons17 Dec 2013Local Audit and Accountability Bill — Clause 39 — Protocol for Issuing Direction Relating to Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity Majorityminority
Commons8 Jan 2014Opposition Day — Housing Supply — New Towns — Empowering Local Government Majorityminority (strong)
Commons8 Jan 2014Opposition Day — Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and Betting Shops Majorityminority (strong)
Commons8 Jan 2014Opposition Day — Regulation of Gambling Majorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Nov 2014Opposition Day — Local Bus Services Majorityminority (strong)
Commons11 Feb 2015Infrastructure Bill — Safeguards and Conditions for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (Fracking) MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons10 Mar 2015Deregulation Bill — Short-term Use of London Accommodation: Relaxation of Restrictions Majorityminority (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 policy120600
MP absent7175350
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy55050
MP voted against policy2020
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*6612
Total:4811282

*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
 = 
481
1282
 = 37.5 %.


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