David Heath MP, Somerton and Frome

voted moderately for the policy

Openness and Transparency - In Favour

by scoring 71.5% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectDavid HeathPolicy vote
Commons7 Dec 1999Freedom of Information Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Ministerial orders for exemption minorityminority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Time for compliance with request minorityMajority
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Discretionary disclosures minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Delete security services exemption — rejected minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Formulation of government policy minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Harm from disclosure must be substantial — rejected minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Power to confer additional exemptions by order minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Exception from duty to comply with decision notice or enforcement notice minorityminority
Commons27 Nov 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Information held for the purpose of investigation minorityminority
Commons27 Nov 2000Freedom of Information Bill — New Bodies — National Assembly for Wales MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectDavid HeathPolicy 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 minorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt constituents' letters only — rejected minorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading absentminority (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 minorityminority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectDavid HeathPolicy vote
Commons18 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Schedule 1 — Process for National vs Local Allocation of Business Rates Majorityminority
Commons7 Feb 2012Opposition Day — Banking — Access to Credit for Businesses — Banking Sector Pay Reform Majorityminority
Commons22 Feb 2012Health and Social Care Bill Risk Register Majorityminority (strong)
Commons25 Apr 2012Civil Aviation Bill — Clause 84 — Requirement for Civil Aviation Authority to Publish Information on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Majorityminority
Commons17 Jul 2013Publication of NHS Transition Risk Register and Implementation of Key Francis Recommendations Majorityminority (strong)
Commons3 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons3 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons9 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 1 — Personal Registration of Employed Lobbyists absentminority
Commons9 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 2 — Scope of Register of Lobbyists absentminority
Commons9 Oct 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Third Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons22 Jan 2014Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 2 — Inclusion of Those Who Lobby Special Advisers In Register of Lobbyists Majorityminority (strong)
Commons13 May 2014Consumer Rights Bill — New Clause 3 — Access to Data from Service Providers to Inform Consumer Choice Majorityminority (strong)
Commons30 Jun 2014Opposition Day -Benefits System — Risks — Timeframe for Assessments Majorityminority (strong)
Commons16 Dec 2014Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons16 Mar 2015Transport for London Bill — New Clause 1 — Disposal of TfL Assets for Development (Disclosure) absentminority (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 policy18900900
MP voted against policy50250
MP absent5125250
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy22020
MP voted against policy4040
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*224
Total:10471464

*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
 = 
1047
1464
 = 71.5 %.


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