07/09/2010

Bob Watch

One of my regular subjects will be Bob Watch, in which I intend to report and comment on the performance of our local MP, Bob Walter. I have already had a couple of email exchanges with him, well his researcher really, and found them to be very helpful in finding a report that had been used to answer one of his parliamentary questions..

The source of my news will Bob's newsletter and the They Work For You (TWFY)  emails which highlight MPs speeches and questions. TWFY also reports in MPs voting record, although this may have to be taken with a pinch of salt as the context of votes isn't always clear as Tom Harris reports in one of his typically whingey posts. Anyway, from a libertarian point of view Bob's record is somewhat chequered:

  • Voted a mixture of for and against the Iraq war. votes
  • Voted strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a stricter asylum system. votes
  • Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
  • Voted strongly against introducing student top-up fees. votes
  • Voted moderately against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
  • Voted strongly against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
  • Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against equal gay rights. votes
  • Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
  • Voted very strongly against the hunting ban. votes
  • Voted moderately against introducing ID cards. votes
  • Voted moderately against introducing a smoking ban. votes
  • Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
  • Voted moderately against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
  • Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
  • Voted moderately against more EU integration.
 In fact he seems quite inconsistent so we should have some fun when he does speak.

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