Phil Woolas MP, Oldham East and Saddleworth

voted strongly against the policy

Increase VAT

by scoring 7.8% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectPhil WoolasPolicy vote
Commons17 Dec 2008Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% Majorityminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectPhil WoolasPolicy vote
Commons28 Jun 2010Emergency Budget — Value Added Tax minorityMajority (strong)
Commons6 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax absentMajority (strong)
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — No Increase in VAT Rate for Charities — rejected minorityMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Require Impact Assessments Before VAT Increase — rejected minorityMajority
Commons13 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax minorityMajority (strong)
Commons20 Jul 2010Finance Bill — Third Reading minorityMajority (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 policy50250
MP absent12550
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy2020
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*000
Total:25320

*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
 = 
25
320
 = 7.8 %.


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