John Swinney MSP, North Tayside

voted strongly against the policy

University Tuition Fees - For

by scoring 14.3% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectJohn SwinneyPolicy vote
Commons4 Nov 1997Student Finance — Opposition Day Debate minorityMajority
Commons1 Jul 1998Teaching and Higher Education Bill [Lords] — New arrangements for giving financial support to students absentMajority
Commons1 Jul 1998Teaching and Higher Education Bill [Lords] absentMajority
HouseDateSubjectJohn SwinneyPolicy vote
no votes listed
HouseDateSubjectJohn SwinneyPolicy vote
no votes listed
HouseDateSubjectJohn SwinneyPolicy vote
no votes listed
HouseDateSubjectJohn SwinneyPolicy vote
no votes listed

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 absent000
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy1010
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*224
Total:214

*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
 = 
2
14
 = 14.3 %.


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