Yesterday’s Queen’s speech hit the headlines, but according to the website Revolt, run out of the university of Nottingham, there is growing disloyalty hidden behind HM’s gracious address and loyal opposition.
• Gordon Brown’s first complete parliamentary session as Prime Minister, saw Labour MPs defy their whips on 103 occasions. That compares to 96 occasions in Tony Blair’s whole first Parliament. The total also greater than any single session by members of the governing party for over 30 years.
• The rate of rebellion for the Parliament as a whole is greater than one rebellion in every four divisions – meaning it remains on course to see the highest rate of rebellion of the post-war era, although the Lisbon Treaty accounted for more than a quarter of the rebellious votes • Revolts are generally small – the mean revolt was almost exactly eight, the median was just four, and almost three-quarters of the revolts consisted of fewer than ten Labour MPs. • The largest, on 4 November 2008, during a debate on the Employment Bill; saw 45 Labour MPs vote against their whips. A total of 104 Labour MPs voted against their whips during the session • Of the 50 most rebellious Labour MPs to vote against the whips during the Blair premiership, all but two have now rebelled under Gordon Brown’s leadership. The top 20 rebels accounted for 58% of the total rebellious votes cast. • The most rebellious Labour MP was (yet again) Jeremy Corbyn.
The full report contains contains even more fun – along with full lists of every rebellion, and data on every Labour MP to defy the whip since 2005. It’s here.