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Parties point scores and statistics

Election 2005

Animal Aid's survey of MPs' voting records has revealed that the most animal-friendly of the three main parties at Westminster is the Liberal Democrats.

MPs earned a point for each EDM they signed, with a bonus point for the MP who actually tabled the motion. When their comparative numerical strength in the House was taken into account, Liberal Democrat MPs were 10 times more likely to support the proposed welfare measures than the Conservatives, and were also significantly more animal-friendly than Labour.

Note: Although the Liberal Democrats fared better than the other two main Westminster parties, the Green Party have consistently promoted the most animal-friendly policies of any major political party. To find out how candidates in your constituency fare on animal issues, visit the Protecting Animals in Democracy website.

Numbers of MPs and Party Standings April 2005
Political Party No. of MPs MPs eligible to vote for EDMs*
Labour 408 274
Conservative 160 160
Liberal Democrat 55 55
Democratic Unionists 7 7
Scottish National 5 5
Ulster Unionist 5 5
Plaid Cymru 4 4
Sinn Fein 4 4
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 3
Independent Conservative 2 2
Independent 1 1
Respect 1 1
Speaker and Deputies 4 0
Totals 659 521

Table of parties with MPs that voted for at least one EDM
Position Party MPs eligible to vote for EDMs* MPs that voted one or more EDM % of Party that voted for one or more EDM
1st Plaid Cymru 4 4 100.00%
1st Respect 1 1 100.00%
1st Scottish National 5 5 100.00%
4th Liberal Democrat 55 46 83.64%
5th Democratic Unionists 7 5 71.43%
6th Labour 274 176 64.23%
7th Ulster Unionist 5 2 40.00%
8th Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 1 33.33%
9th Conservative 160 19 11.87%
10th Independent Conservative 2 0 0.00%
10th Independent 1 0 0.00%
10th Sinn Fein 4 0 0.00%
Total 521 259 49.71% (Mean)

Main table covering % of party votes that were cast
Position Party MPs eligible to vote for EDMs* Party MPs x 15 EDMs = poss. votes Party MPs total EDM votes cast % of party votes that were cast
1st Plaid Cymru 4 60 17 28.33%
2nd Liberal Democrat 55 825 192 23.27%
3rd Labour 274 4110 659 16.03%
4th Ulster Unionist 5 75 9 12.00%
5th Democratic Unionists 7 105 11 10.48%
6th Scottish National 5 75 7 9.33%
7th Respect 1 15 1 6.67%
8th Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 45 1 2.22%
9th Conservative 160 2400 52 2.17%
10th Independent 1 15 0 0.00%
10th Independent Conservative 2 30 0 0.00%
10th Sinn Fein 4 60 0 0.00%
Total 521 7815 949 Mean 12.1%

Number of EDMs put forward by party
Political Party No.
Liberal Democrat 8
Labour 6
Conservative 1
Democratic Unionists 0
Scottish National 0
Ulster Unionist 0
Plaid Cymru 0
Sinn Fein 0
Social Democratic & Labour Party 0
Independent Conservative 0
Independent 0
Respect 0
Total 15

* Members of the Government, Parliamentary Private Secretaries (usually), The Speaker & Deputies do not vote on EDMs.

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