From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table

Mark Pack presents a fantastic infographic containing all the knowledge you need to know about Liberal Democrat rebels.

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Mark Pack is head of digital at MHP Communications and is a co-editor of Liberal Democrat Voice

Liberal Democrat peers used to be in a remarkably privileged position in the party. Not only because they have held office without the pesky need for elections but also because for many years the third party in the House of Lords has been the key swing vote when the government has been wanting to get legislation through.

That has meant many peers were well used to having direct access to ministers, and moreover being in a strong position to extract some concessions. As a result, many peers can point to numerous changes they have achieved to legislation.

By comparison, Liberal Democrat MPs, despite having the democratic mandate, have usually had very little power as votes in the Commons have been a foregone conclusion.

But since the party has gone into coalition, the balance of Parliament influence amongst the party’s peers and MPs have reversed. Rather than being the key swing vote, Liberal Democrat peers are now but part of an overall coalition government majority.

In the Commons, many Liberal Democrat MPs are now in government. It is not even a matter of it being easier to get to talk to a minister, they are the minister.

Moreover, helped by the primacy of the Commons, revolts by Liberal Democrat MPs which could cost the government its majority are now no longer the neglected, poor relative of revolts by Liberal Democrat peers – but the patterns of rebellions have, so far, received relatively little attention.

That is why over at my day job, MHP Communications, we’ve put together this infographic looking at the Liberal Democrat rebels:

Liberal-Democrat-MPs-rebels-and-loyalists-infographic

The most rebellious and the least? Andrew George 28; David Laws 0.

See also:

Clegg under fire over voter registration, party funding and youth unemploymentShamik Das, November 15th 2011

Baroness Williams: Coalition “bewitched by a flawed US system”Shamik Das, September 3rd 2011

Tory and Labour peers look set to frustrate Clegg on Lords reformShamik Das, June 17th 2011

Govt. must go beyond cosmetic changes to health bill warn Lib Dem activistsDr. Prateek Buch & Dr. Evan Harris April 5th 2011

Clegg set to face tough time over health, schools and spending cutsShamik Das, September 20th 2010

24 Responses to “From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table”

  1. salardeen

    “@leftfootfwd: From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table: http://t.co/LbALOV94 by @MarkPack #LibDems” BAST***DS

  2. Mark Ferguson

    Beware David Laws. Beware any MP who never rebels… http://t.co/BRmWY9jc

  3. Mohammed Ahmed

    Beware David Laws. Beware any MP who never rebels… http://t.co/BRmWY9jc

  4. Danny Hackett

    “@Markfergusonuk: Beware David Laws. Beware any MP who never rebels… http://t.co/vafShY9b” very good post

  5. Aaron Porter

    From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table: http://t.co/lQKzNpJP by @MarkPack #LibDems

  6. House Of Twits

    RT @Markfergusonuk Beware David Laws. Beware any MP who never rebels… http://t.co/JFmDg2Kr

  7. South West TUC

    RT@leftfootfwd: From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table: http://t.co/PQa5NwaA by @MarkPack

  8. George Care

    Proper job Andrew! Keep it up! http://t.co/f8cUibfP

  9. Mike Homfray

    How many votes has Charles Kennedy attended? I get the impression its not many

    The three key rebels shouldn’t be any surprise.

  10. Matthew fox

    I see Mark Pack has nothing to say on unemployment being at a 17 year high.

  11. Mr. Sensible

    Interesting to see what happens in 2012…

  12. Anonymous

    How many has Clegg rebelled on?

  13. 45apl

    RT @leftfootfwd: From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table: http://t.co/YMBOJd12 by @MarkPack #LibDems #NewsClub

  14. Mark Pack

    Mike: My impression has been that he has been a relatively light participant in Parliament too, and the stats from They Work For You (see http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/charles_kennedy/ross%2C_skye_and_lochaber#votingrecord – Numerology section) back that up.

  15. Jeni Parsons

    RT @leftfootfwd: From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table http://t.co/t08Chuby #otmp #occupylondon

  16. Cllr Mark Ashberry

    From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table: http://t.co/lQKzNpJP by @MarkPack #LibDems

  17. Ed's Talking Balls

    As a member of Cabinet, it bloody well should be ‘none’! Collective responsibility, and all that.

  18. Chris Salter

    RT @leftfootfwd: From David Laws to Andrew George: The Lib Dem rebellion league table http://t.co/K7xFMxfM #ppnews @AndrewGeorgeLD

  19. LibLink: From David Laws to Andrew George – The Lib Dem rebellion league table

    […] can read Mark’s full post here, and here’s his infographic in […]

  20. Steve Hynd

    Just 3 @libdems MPs are responsible for 29% of all rebel votes http://t.co/TDCIaSBq via @markpack

  21. Penzance News

    Andrew George most rebellious Lib Dem MP | Left Foot Forward http://t.co/xczBQUrC #Penzance

  22. Simon Banks

    The Cornish are traditionally rebellious and do not automatically respect the Laws.

  23. andrew shearwood

    it's actually quite nice to know that my grandparent's MP is the most rebellious member of the government http://t.co/faKn1lLG

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