Stewart McDonald MP, Glasgow South

voted strongly against the policy

Reduce Spending on Welfare Benefits

by scoring 7.6% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectStewart McDonaldPolicy vote
Commons4 Jun 2015Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident minorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Decline Second Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons15 Sep 2015Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Reduction in Rates of Tax Credits minorityMajority (strong)
Commons14 Oct 2015Charter for Budget Responsibility — Aiming for Budget Surplus — Cap on Welfare Spending minorityMajority
Commons20 Oct 2015Opposition Day — Tax Credits minorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — New Clause 1 — Repeal of Tax Credits Regulations 2015 minorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — New Clause 8 — Tax Credit Reductions — Transitional Protection minorityMajority
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component minorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element minorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Oct 2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons18 Nov 2015Opposition Day — The Economy — Tax Credits — Investment in Science, Technology and Green Jobs absentMajority (strong)
Commons6 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Universal Credit Work Allowance — Decision to Cut minorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Application of Housing Benefit Cuts to Supported Housing minorityMajority
Commons23 Feb 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component minorityMajority (strong)
Commons23 Feb 2016Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element minorityMajority (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 minorityMajority (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 minorityMajority (strong)
Commons26 May 2016Queen's Speech — Human Rights — Steel Industry — Budget Setting Principle absentMajority (strong)
Commons8 Jun 2016Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Deemed Capable of Work minorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2016Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing minorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2016Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending minorityMajority
Commons16 Nov 2016Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance — Analysis of Impact of Changes on Those with Different Incomes minorityMajority (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 policy000
MP voted against policy160800
MP absent375150
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy4040
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:75990

*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
 = 
75
990
 = 7.6 %.


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