Shak­ing their stuff – the rebel MPs

Hayes & Har­ling­ton’s McDon­nell tops list of par­lia­men­tary dis­si­dents in Com­mons

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

THE MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton is the most ‘re­bel­lious’ in par­lia­ment out of those rep­re­sent­ing con­stituen­cies in west Lon­don.

John McDon­nell has re­belled against the ma­jor­ity vote of his party, Labour, on 479 oc­ca­sions since he was first elected.

This means that he has re­belled against the party 13.1 per cent of the time in the House of Com­mons.

This was the third big­gest pro­por­tion of re­bel­lions for any MP ac­cord­ing to data from the Public Whip whose records go back to 1997.

John McDon­nell came third in the whole coun­try, be­ing beaten by David Nut­tall, MP for Bury North, who is the most re­bel­lious with 16.5 per cent of his votes go­ing against the ma­jor­ity Con­ser­va­tive vote.

Labour lead­er­ship can­di­date Jeremy Cor­byn, who is rep­re­sented by John McDon­nell as his agent, is the sec­ond most re­bel­lious MP with 15.2 MP (Party) John McDon­nell (Lab) Bob Blackman (Con) Mark Field (Con) Steve Pound (Lab) Greg Hands (Con) Dawn But­ler (Lab) Karen Buck (Lab) Stephen Ham­mond (Con) Nick Hurd (Con) Viren­dra Sharma (Lab) Barry Gar­diner (Lab) Boris John­son (Con) Gareth Thomas (Lab) An­drew Slaugh­ter (Lab) Seema Mal­ho­tra (Lab) Ruth Cad­bury (Lab) Rupa Huq (Lab) Vic­to­ria Bor­wick (Con) Ta­nia Mathias (Con)

per cent of his votes go­ing against the pre­vail­ing view of the Labour party.

McDon­nell was fa­mously sus­pended from the Com­mons for five days af­ter grab­bing the Speaker’s mace in Jan­uary 2009 in protest at the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to al­low a third run­way at Heathrow.

He also con­sis­tently voted against the Iraq war, while most Labour MPs gen­er­ally voted in

Hayes & Har­ling­ton Har­row East Westminster City Eal­ing North Chelsea & Ful­ham Brent Cen­tral Westminster North Wim­ble­don Ruis­lip, North­wood, Pin­ner Eal­ing, Southall Brent North Uxbridge, South Ruis­lip Har­row West Ham­mer­smith Feltham & He­ston Brent­ford & Isle­worth Eal­ing Cen­tral and Ac­ton Kens­ing­ton Twick­en­ham


Sec­ond on the re­bel­lious scale in west Lon­don, to the Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP, was Bob Blackman, the Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian rep­re­sent­ing Har­row East. He has re­belled on 36 oc­ca­sions.

A to­tal of four of the 19 MPs in west Lon­don con­stituen­cies have never re­belled.

Gaug­ing how re­bel­lious an MP is based on their vot­ing record is not a cast Re­bel­lious Votes 479 out of 3,668 36 out of 1,042 64 out of 2,891 64 out of 3,831 33 out of 2,003 9 out of 1,095 27 out of 3,683 14 out of 1,936 12 out of 1,820 9 out of 1,539 20 out of 3,478 5 out of 1,038 16 out of 3,60 9 out of 2, 103 2 out of 654 0 out of 37 0 out of 39 0 out of 51 0 out of 51

iron in­di­ca­tion of how trou­ble­some they might be to their party.

It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to tell which votes are be­ing ‘whipped’ the strong­est be­hind the scenes and as such how re­bel­lious an MP is ac­tu­ally be­ing in vot­ing Per­cent­age 13.1% 3.5% 2.2% 1.7% 1.6% 0.8% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6% 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

against their party.

How­ever, even if MPs are not be­ing en­cour­aged to vote a par­tic­u­lar way they are at least be­ing ide­o­log­i­cally re­bel­lious if they do end up vot­ing against their party.

Jeremy Cor­byn has been cast as rebel in the Labour lead­er­ship race and his cre­den­tials cer­tainly back up this per­cep­tion with 533 of his 3,498 votes go­ing against his party.

His three ri­vals are far less likely to rebel in the Cham­ber.



has re­belled 0.4 per cent of the time while Liz Kendall has re­belled 0.2 per cent of the time com­pared to Andy Burn­ham’s 0.7 per cent.

All three of these fig­ures are far less than the av­er­age of 1.5 per cent for all cur­rent MPs.

n NON-CON­FORM­IST: John McDon­nell MP

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