Mark Williams MP, Ceredigion

voted ambiguously on the policy

Privatise Royal Mail

by scoring 53.1% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectMark WilliamsPolicy vote
Commons11 Feb 2009Royal Mail — Rapid partial privatization — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons11 Feb 2009Royal Mail — Notes Conservatives' failure to invest minorityminority
HouseDateSubjectMark WilliamsPolicy vote
Commons27 Oct 2010Postal Services Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons12 Jan 2011Postal Services Bill — New Clause 2 — Minimum 10 Year Agreement With Post Office Limited Required before Royal Mail Sale absentMajority
Commons12 Jan 2011Postal Services Bill — Third Reading — Privatisation of Royal Mail absentMajority (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 policy15050
MP voted against policy1050
MP absent12550
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy11010
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*112
Total:86162

*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
 = 
86
162
 = 53.1 %.


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