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Provide info graphic ( e.g. pie chart ) re. how whipped the particular MP is

I can try to look through every vote that my MP has participated in & compare it to the party vote, but that takes a lot of time. It would be great to have a little pie chart with slices like “voted with party”, “voted against party”, “abstained”.

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  • Kurt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think there is significant political / career pressure for MPs to vote with their party, or otherwise risk not being supported by their party in future elections or at minimum not putting themselves in a good position for increased responsibilities like cabinet positions ...therefore limiting or potentially sacrificing their careers. I think it is altruistic & courageous, although unfortunately infrequent, for an MP to vote against their party; so I would love to be able to recognize & help encourage this altruism.

  • Kurt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    One yardstick I like to use to give a quick indication of if & how much a particular MP is willing to stand up for their local constituency, which must naturally statistically mean voting against their party at times, is to see if & how often an MP actually does vote against their party.

  • Kurt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I believe that the Constitutional responsibility of Members of Parliament, to represent their local area on the national stage, is fundamentally important & frankly in jeopardy as the power of parties to whip the vote seems to be increasing. If all the votes were whipped there wouldn’t be much point in having MPs at all; we could just have the three or four party leaders in the House making all of the decisions.

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