Gordon Birtwistle MP, Burnley

voted moderately for the policy

European Union Integration - For

by scoring 69.5% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectGordon BirtwistlePolicy vote
Commons14 Jul 2010European Union External Action Service MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons10 Nov 2010European Union Economic Governance Majorityminority
Commons14 Dec 2010European Union Documents- Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions and Remuneration Policies MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons25 Jan 2011European Union Bill — Clause 6 — Referendum on Emergency Financial Assistance for EU Member States MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons9 Feb 2011European Union — UK Contributions to the Eurozone Financial Stabilisation Mechanism Majorityminority (strong)
Commons23 Mar 2011Establishment of the European Stability Mechanism MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons24 May 2011Royal Assent — Eurozone Financial Assistance MajorityMajority
Commons14 Sep 2011European Union Directive — Access to a Lawyer Majorityminority (strong)
Commons23 Nov 2011Deferred Division — Schengen Governance MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Dec 2011Opposition Day — European Union absentminority (strong)
Commons24 Apr 2012European Union — Data Protection in the Areas of Police and Criminal Justice (EU Directive) absentMajority (strong)
Commons31 Oct 2012Seek Real Terms Cut in European Union Budget minorityminority
Commons6 Nov 2012European Union — Banking Union and Economic and Monetary Union — European Banking Authority MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons22 Apr 2013Government assessment of medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission MajorityMajority
Commons15 Jul 2013Opt Out from European Union Police and Criminal Justice Measures Majorityminority
Commons15 Jul 2013Opt Out from European Union Police and Criminal Justice Measures Majorityminority (strong)
Commons15 Jul 20132014 JHA Opt-out Decision — European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training — Opt In Majorityminority (strong)
Commons4 Dec 2013European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement) Order 2013 MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jan 2014European Union (Approvals) Bill — Second Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons17 Jan 2014Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill absentMajority (strong)
Commons22 Jan 2014European Commission Work Programme 2014 and Support for Completion of the EU Single Market MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Jan 2014European Union (Approvals) Bill — Clause 1 — Limitation of Scope of Europe for Citizens Programme MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons27 Jan 2014European Union (Approvals) Bill — Third Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2014Government Assessment of Medium Term Economic and Budgetary Position for Submission to the European Commission absentMajority
Commons10 Nov 2014Transposing European Union Criminal Justice and Data Protection Measures into UK Law absentMajority (strong)
Commons19 Nov 2014Opposition Day — Rejoining of 35 European Union Justice and Home Affairs Measures 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 policy12600600
MP voted against policy40200
MP absent4100200
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy33030
MP voted against policy2020
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*112

*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
 = 69.5 %.

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