Jim Cousins MP, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

voted moderately for the policy

Greater Transparency in Public Life

by scoring 73.3% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectJim CousinsPolicy vote
Commons7 Dec 1999Freedom of Information Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Ministerial orders for exemption Majorityminority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Time for compliance with request MajorityMajority
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Discretionary disclosures minorityminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Delete security services exemption — rejected Majorityminority (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 Majorityminority (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 Majorityminority
Commons27 Nov 2000Freedom of Information Bill — New Bodies — National Assembly for Wales MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectJim CousinsPolicy 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 minorityminority (strong)
Commons3 Jul 2008MPs' allowances — External audits and no more furniture — rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration 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 policy11550550
MP voted against policy30150
MP absent375150
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy22020
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:645880

*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
 = 
645
880
 = 73.3 %.


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