Mr John Townend MP, East Yorkshire

voted moderately against the policy

Homosexuality - Equal rights

by scoring 36.8% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectMr John TownendPolicy vote
Commons22 Jun 1998Crime and Disorder Bill — Reduce age of consent for homosexual acts to 16 absentMajority (strong)
Commons25 Jan 1999Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill absentMajority
Commons10 Feb 1999Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill — Reduction in age at which certain sexual acts are lawful minorityMajority
Commons1 Mar 1999Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill - Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill absentMajority
Commons10 Feb 2000Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill minorityMajority
Commons5 Jul 2000Local Government Bill [Lords] - Prohibition on promotion of homosexuality: bullying absentMajority

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 policy000
MP absent12550
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy2020
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*336
Total:2876

*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
 = 
28
76
 = 36.8 %.


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