By Tim Montgomerie
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Over on the NottsPolitics blog Professor Philip Cowley underlines the rebelliousness of backbench Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs since the formation of the Coalition. This graph confirms that this is the most rebellious intake since the second world war:
- "Backbench dissent amongst government MPs is running at a historically high level – with a rebellion in almost one in every two votes in the Commons…
- This is especially striking once you remember that this is a first session (normally relatively quiet) and even more so once you realise that this is a first session after a change of government (normally extremely quiet)…
- The rate [of rebellion] for Conservative MPs alone is higher than in any first session since the war, including that of John Major in 1992, when he faced all the Maastricht rebellions…
- The rates of rebellion are themselves very high: Philip Hollobone in particular is rebelling at a rate of roughly one rebellion in every four votes. This is much higher than, say, Jeremy Corbyn under Blair or Brown…"
Jonathan Isaby has produced his own list of top rebels. Professor Cowley has done the same:
Read Cowley's full blog.