Tessa Jowell MP, Dulwich and West Norwood

voted moderately against the policy

Increase VAT

by scoring 26.1% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectTessa JowellPolicy vote
Commons17 Dec 2008Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% absentminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectTessa JowellPolicy vote
Commons28 Jun 2010Emergency Budget — Value Added Tax minorityMajority (strong)
Commons6 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Second Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax absentMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — No Increase in VAT Rate for Charities — rejected absentMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Require Impact Assessments Before VAT Increase — rejected absentMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax absentMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons22 Jun 2011Opposition Day — The Economy minorityMajority (strong)
Commons28 Jun 2011Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 absentMajority (strong)
Commons12 Oct 2011Opposition Day — Jobs and Growth minorityMajority
Commons9 Nov 2011Opposition Day — Bankers Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — Reducing VAT — Tax Incentive for Small Firms to Take on Extra Workers minorityMajority
Commons23 Nov 2011Opposition Day — Economic Growth and Employment minorityMajority
Commons14 Dec 2011Opposition Day — Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — New Homes — VAT — Tax Incentives for Small Companies Employing More Workers minorityMajority
Commons11 Jan 2012Opposition Day — Energy Prices minorityMajority
Commons16 May 2012Queens' Speech — Cost of Living — Public Transport Fares — VAT on Fuel minorityMajority
Commons17 May 2012Queens' Speech — Tax on Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — VAT Reduction — Make Investment Sooner minorityMajority
Commons17 May 2012Queens' Speech — Jobs — Banker's Bonus Tax — VAT Cut — Tax Incentive to Take on Workers — Sooner Infrastructure Investment minorityMajority
Commons3 Jul 2012Finance Bill — New Clause 12 — Rate of VAT minorityMajority (strong)
Commons5 Sep 2012Opposition Day — Housing absentMajority
Commons18 Apr 2013Finance Bill — New Clause 2 — Rate of VAT 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 policy40200
MP absent6150300
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy8080
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*336
Total:153586

*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
 = 
153
586
 = 26.1 %.


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