Frank Dobson MP, Holborn and St Pancras

voted ambiguously on the policy

Gambling - Against permissiveness

by scoring 56.5% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectMr Frank DobsonPolicy vote
Commons1 Nov 2004Gambling Bill — reasoned amendment on 2nd reading absentminority (strong)
Commons1 Nov 2004Gambling Bill — 2nd reading minorityminority (strong)
Commons24 Jan 2005Gambling Bill — Casino conditions absentminority (strong)
Commons24 Jan 2005Gambling Bill — Third Reading absentminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectFrank DobsonPolicy vote
Commons14 Jun 2005National Lottery Bill (Reasoned amendment on second reading) Majorityminority
Commons19 Jan 2006National Lottery Bill — Clause 14 — Functions Majorityminority (strong)
Commons28 Mar 2007Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 — 28 Mar 2007 — Division No. 88 minorityminority (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 policy1050
MP absent375150
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:175310

*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
 = 
175
310
 = 56.5 %.


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