David Cairns MP, Inverclyde

voted ambiguously on the policy

Lower taxes on petrol & diesel for motor vehicles

by scoring 51.9% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectDavid CairnsPolicy vote
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax absentminority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax minorityminority
Commons7 Feb 2011Opposition Day — Reduction of Fuel Duties for the Most Remote Areas absentminority (strong)
Commons16 Mar 2011Opposition Day — Reduce Taxation on Fuel for Motor Vehicles Paid for by a Bank Levy absentminority (strong)
Commons29 Mar 2011March 2011 Budget absentMajority (strong)
Commons26 Apr 2011Finance Bill — Reject Second Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons26 Apr 2011Finance Bill 2011 — Second 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 policy000
MP voted against policy000
MP absent5125250
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy11010
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*112
Total:136262

*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
 = 
136
262
 = 51.9 %.


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