Ben Chapman MP, Wirral South

voted ambiguously on the policy

Schools - Greater Autonomy

by scoring 53.3% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectBen ChapmanPolicy vote
Commons11 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Exemption from strict class size limits — rejected absentminority
Commons11 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Grant Maintained Schools (Parental Ballot) — rejected absentminority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — End Partial Selection of Pupils — rejected absentMajority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Abolition of corporal punishment in schools absentminority
Commons24 Mar 1998School Standards and Framework Bill — Third Reading absentminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectBen ChapmanPolicy vote
Commons5 Feb 2002Education Bill — Power of school to innovate without permission of the Secretary of State — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship — rejected MajorityMajority
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship (No. 2) — rejected MajorityMajority
Commons6 Feb 2002Education Bill — Abolish selection by aptitude in state schools — rejected MajorityMajority
Commons15 Jul 2002Education Bill — Lords Amendment on Academies' Admissions Arrangements Majorityminority
HouseDateSubjectBen ChapmanPolicy vote
Commons15 Mar 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons23 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Duty to encourage schools to become foundation schools — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons23 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Acceptance of school rules a condition of admission — rejected absentminority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Regulate schools' admissions policies — rejected absentMajority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — End selection by ability — rejected absentMajority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Requirement "to have regard to" the Secretary of State's Code for School Admissions — rejected absentminority
Commons24 May 2006Education and Inspections Bill — Third Reading 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 absent375150
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy33030
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*8816
Total:163306

*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
 = 
163
306
 = 53.3 %.


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