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    How did your MP vote on the digital economy bill?

    How did your MP vote on the digital economy bill?

    VoteThemOut.co.uk - How did your MP vote on the digital economy bill?

    Mine didn't - GOOD !!

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    Not voting on it at all isn't good in my book - it's slightly better than voting for it, but really they should have been there voting against it. One Tory MP openly admitted that he didn't bother staying to vote against it because he felt it was a lost cause. How many others did the same? Enough to swing the vote?

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    My MP did not vote [actually according to the website (VoteThemOut.CO.UK) he "...didn't bother voting..."] which is different from abstaining [choosing not to vote]

    Nevertheless I would have liked to have seen that:

    1. He turned up for the vote
    2. He actually took part in the democratic process [ie he voted]
    3. He voted against the bill


    I shouldn't be surprised though: He is after all a politician of a certain persuasion: One which I do not happen to agree with.

    Edit: The MP who represents the ward that I work in also did not vote: Another politician of a certain persuasion [the same persuasion]

    2nd Edit: The MP who represents the ward where I did my degree and where I had my digs did not vote.

    3rd Edit: The MP who represents the ward where I used to work a few years ago [about 12] did not vote.

    4th Edit: The MP who represents the ward where I used to work a few years before the job in the third edit did not vote.

    Running total now 5 MPs who did not vote where I have lived or worked in the past.

    I also worked in Southwark and according to the website: "...MP Simon Hughes opposed..."

    Well done Simon!

    Did anyone [other than S. Hughes] vote on this bill?
    Last edited by DaveP; 10th April 2010 at 09:33 PM. Reason: Add detail to the post.

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    My MP didn't vote, nor did my brothers, nor my parents'. Anyone seeing a pattern? (And yes, they're 3 different MPs, all west yorks, including our "freind" Balls)

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    How do we know that the thing isn't set so that any post code gives a didn't bother to vote answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    How do we know that the thing isn't set so that any post code gives a didn't bother to vote answer?
    Use this postcode: SE1P 5LX

    It is the postcode for John Smith House, Soutwark where I worked a few years ago.

    And it gives the correct member of Parliament when returning a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    , including our "freind" Balls)
    Awww whos the lucky one to get Mr Balls for there MP? I have Mr Curry as ours and he didn't bother to vote, the synic in me says he was probably in Skipton Travel Lodge wasting tax payers money......

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    How They Voted

    Link: They Work For The BPI

    That shows 48 MPs voting against the bill and 191 in favour. That is a total of 239 who voted one way or the other.

    There are 646 seats in the House of Commons. That means that 407 MPs did not vote. OK remove the speaker. That still leaves 406 eligible MPs who did not vote on this bill.

    Disgraceful. Something can be passed into law when less than 37% of the potential votes have been cast/counted.

    I am appalled but not surprised as it was ever thus.

    Edit 1: How they voted and their constituencies: Link: Digital Economy Bill — Third Reading — 7 Apr 2010 at 22:58 — The Public Whip

    Edit 2: Who did NOT vote and their constituencies: Link: Digital Economy Bill — Third Reading — 7 Apr 2010 at 22:58 — The Public Whip
    Last edited by DaveP; 10th April 2010 at 10:01 PM. Reason: Add detail to the post.

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    John, my parents live in Wakefield and get to have Ed Balls as their MP. I believe my dad has personally let Mr Balls know what he thinks about him (Newton Sr. is an ex-teacher, and no great fan of our Ed)

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    My cottage-cheese sandwich of an MP didn't even bother to vote - too busy with his snout in the trough elsewhere I guess...
    Last edited by tech_guy; 10th April 2010 at 10:18 PM. Reason: To remove swear word....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Disgraceful. Something can be passed into law when less than 37% of the potential votes have been cast/counted.
    Take it one step further, looking at the number of votes they actually received at the election time... You're getting in to tiny amounts of actual representation by the people supposed to be representing the county's interests...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Disgraceful. Something can be passed into law when less than 37% of the potential votes have been cast/counted.
    That's nothing. RIPA was passed in 2000 with only 30 MPs present, a turnout of 4.5%.

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    My MP didn't vote because she's just been booted out of the Labour party for various different reasons...... (read into that what you will)

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    Wow, British politics is a well oiled machine isn't it? The corruption and mess that has happened over the last few years is plain ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    cottage-cheese sandwich
    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    RIPA was passed in 2000 with only 30 MPs present, a turnout of 4.5%.
    I don't know which of these ideas makes me more queasy....



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