David Cairns MP, Inverclyde

voted moderately against the policy

Openness and Transparency - In Favour

by scoring 33.3% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectDavid CairnsPolicy vote
Commons20 Apr 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Keep disclosure for MPs' expenses — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons20 Apr 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt only correspondence — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Continue to disclose MPs' correspondence — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt constituents' letters only — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading Majorityminority (strong)
Commons3 Jul 2008MPs' allowances — External audits and no more furniture — rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons2 Mar 2009Political Parties and Elections Bill — Parliamentary candidates can keep their home addresses secret absentminority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration absentMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration 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 policy30150
MP absent6150300
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy000
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:150450

*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
 = 
150
450
 = 33.3 %.


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