Lord Watson of Invergowrie

voted moderately against the policy

Schools - Greater Autonomy

by scoring 21.6% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectLord Watson of InvergowriePolicy vote
Lords14 May 2002Education Bill — Remove regulations concerning Annual Parents' Meetings absentMajority
Lords14 May 2002Education Bill — Schools Forums only set up if a majority of governing bodies voted for one — rejected absentminority
Lords17 Jun 2002Education Bill — Exemption of Innovative Projects from legislation — rejected absentminority
Lords26 Jun 2002Education Bill — Allow schools to set their own Drugs and Alcohol Policies — rejected absentminority
Lords3 Jul 2002Education Bill — Leave out Clause 11 (Form or invest in companies) absentminority
Lords24 Feb 2005Education Bill — Abolish Independent Appeals Panels — rejected absentminority
Lords2 Mar 2005Education Bill — Requirements to be Registered with General Teaching Council — rejected absentMajority
Lords10 Jul 2006Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 — rejected absentminority
Lords17 Oct 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Local Authorities to encourage 'Foundation' status — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Lords24 Oct 2006Education and Inspections Bill — IGCSE for state schools — rejected Majorityminority
Lords30 Oct 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Stop faith schools requiring that candidates for headteacher posts belong to the relevant faith — rejected MajorityMajority
Lords30 Oct 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Faith schools must accept pupils from outside the faith — rejected 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 policy1050
MP absent000
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy11010
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*9918
Total:1988

*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
 = 
19
88
 = 21.6 %.


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