Priti Patel MP, Witham

voted strongly for the policy

Reduce Spending on Welfare Benefits

by scoring 95.6% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectPriti PatelPolicy vote
Commons9 Nov 2010Housing Benefit MajorityMajority
Commons19 Jan 2011Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons19 Jan 2011Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons9 Mar 2011Welfare Reform Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons9 Mar 2011Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jun 2011Welfare Reform Bill — New Clause 2 — Childcare Element in Universal Credit MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jun 2011Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 5 — Exclusion of Up to Fifty Thousand Pounds in an ISA from Capital Used to Determine Universal Credit Eligibility MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons15 Jun 2011Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons31 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Move from Council Tax Benefit to Council Tax Reduction Schemes MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Employment and Support Allowance for Those Ill or Disabled Since Their Youth MajorityMajority
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Period of Entitlement to Contributory Employment and Support Allowance MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Employment and Support Allowance for Those With Cancer MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 93 — Exclusion of Child Benefit from Benefit Cap MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 10 — Universal Credit Payments In Relation to Disabled Children and Young People MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons1 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs MajorityMajority
Commons21 Feb 2012Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs — Exemptions from Benefit Reductions Due to Excess Bedrooms MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons24 Oct 2012Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons21 Nov 2012Draft Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012 — Individual Benefits Cap MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons8 Jan 2013Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Decline Second Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% MajorityMajority
Commons8 Jan 2013Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jan 2013Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Clause 1 — Rate of Increase of Certain Benefits, Payments and Tax Credits MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jan 2013Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Clauses 1 to 3 and Schedule — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons21 Jan 2013Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Third Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Feb 2013Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons12 Nov 2013Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons12 Nov 2013Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons17 Jan 2014Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill absentminority (strong)
Commons11 Feb 2014Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons25 Mar 2014March 2014 Budget MajorityMajority
Commons26 Mar 2014Welfare Cap — Charter for Budget Responsibility MajorityMajority
Commons13 Jan 2015Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update MajorityMajority
HouseDateSubjectPriti PatelPolicy vote
Commons4 Jun 2015Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons15 Sep 2015Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Reduction in Rates of Tax Credits MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons14 Oct 2015Charter for Budget Responsibility — Aiming for Budget Surplus — Cap on Welfare Spending MajorityMajority
Commons20 Oct 2015Opposition Day — Tax Credits MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — New Clause 1 — Repeal of Tax Credits Regulations 2015 MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — New Clause 8 — Tax Credit Reductions — Transitional Protection MajorityMajority
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Third Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons18 Nov 2015Opposition Day — The Economy — Tax Credits — Investment in Science, Technology and Green Jobs MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons6 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Universal Credit Work Allowance — Decision to Cut absentMajority (strong)
Commons27 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Application of Housing Benefit Cuts to Supported Housing MajorityMajority
Commons23 Feb 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons23 Feb 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons2 Mar 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Removal of Work Related Activity Component from Employment and Support Allowance — Impact Assessment and Parliamentary Approval of Implementation MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons2 Mar 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Removal of Limited Capability for Work Component from Universal Credit — Impact Assessment and Parliamentary Approval of Implementation MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons26 May 2016Queen's Speech — Human Rights — Steel Industry — Budget Setting Principle MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons8 Jun 2016Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Deemed Capable of Work absentMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2016Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2016Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending MajorityMajority
Commons16 Nov 2016Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance — Analysis of Impact of Changes on Those with Different Incomes MajorityMajority (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 policy3919501950
MP voted against policy000
MP absent4100200
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy11110110
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:21602260

*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
 = 
2160
2260
 = 95.6 %.


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