Here in Southport we’ve been following the voting record of the Liberal Democrat MP for the past five years. We think it’s a gruesome record and makes particularly hard reading for those people who voted Lib Dem to “keep the Tories out”. People in our town, particularly our most vulnerable residents, are really suffering as a result of the coalition government and the support it has received from MP’s like John Pugh.
So here’s his voting record, broken down into categories as best we can. All the data here is taken from the website www.publicwhip.org.uk and the descriptions of the votes are their summary of each individual motion.
21st Jan 2015
voted against raising an extra £2.5 billion for the NHS from measures including a tax on properties worth over £2 million.
5th Feb 2014
voted for the Government’s policies for regulated competition within the NHS
18th Dec 2013
voted to remove the guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours during winter 2013
17th July 2013
voted to support the Government’s actions in relation to the NHS
28th June 2010
voted to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011.
3rd July 2012
voted against cutting VAT from 20% to 17.5%
TAX & BANKERS BONUSES
2nd July 2012
voted to set the additional rate of income tax, applying to income over £150,000 per year, at 45% for 2013-14, a reduction from the previous 50% rate
18th April 2012
voted against requiring the chancellor to review the possibility of reintroducing a tax on bankers’ bonuses and how the revenue raised could be spent on tackling unemployment
POLICE & CRIME
4th April 2011
voted in favour of cuts to the number of police officers
10th Feb 2015
voted to set central government funding of policing for 2015-16 at a level 4.7% lower than was set for 2014-15.
8th Sept 2010
voted in favour of introducing elected Police and Crime Commissioners
CHILD TRUST FUNDS, HEALTH IN PREGNANCY GRANTS
26th Oct 2010
voted to abolish child trust funds, the saving gateway scheme and health in pregnancy grants
6th Dec 2010
voted against spreading cuts to local government funding more evenly over four years and ensuring they do not fall disproportionately on the most deprived areas
13th Feb 2013
voted to approve the amounts of Revenue Support Grant proposed by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to pay to local councils in 2013-14
31st Jan 2012
voted against requiring central government reimbursing local councils for the full costs of their council tax reduction schemes for people in financial need.
17th May 2011
voted against enabling councils to protect retail diversity
8th Jan 2014
voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops
16th Oct 2013
voted against giving more powers to local communities in relation to high streets and town and city centres.
EDUCATION & FAMILIES
19th Jan 2011
voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England.
27th April 2011
voted against protecting the Sure Start network of Children’s Centres
13th June 2011
voted against introducing a childcare element to Universal Credit
29th Jan 2014
voted against requiring all teachers in all state-funded schools to have, or be working towards, Qualified Teacher Status
19th Nov 20130
voted against increasing the amount of free child care offered to parents of 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours
ENERGY & FUEL
23rd Nov 2011
voted in favour of cutting the subsidy for electricity generated via renewable or low-carbon methods on 12 December 2011 and against ensuring the future of the payments.
14th Jan 2015
Voted against requiring energy suppliers to pass savings on to consumers when wholesale costs fall.
11th Jan 2012
voted against a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme
4th Dec 2013
voted against requiring laws, and a strategy, aimed at addressing the fact some people are unable to afford adequate home heating
11th Jan 2012
voted to allow individual rail fares to be increased by more than the amount of the Government’s cap on average increases
16th May 2012
voted against reducing public transport fares, and against reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy
5th Nov 2014
voted against local government having powers to develop more integrated, frequent, cheaper and greener bus services with integrated Oyster card-style ticketing.
12th Mar 2013
voted against a tax on properties worth over £2 million to fund a tax cut for those on middle and low incomes
BEDROOM TAX & WELFARE
27th Feb 2013
voted in favour of a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty
17th Dec 2014
voted in favour of housing benefit penalties for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms
10th July 2013
voted against an assessment of the cumulative impact of the changes made by the Government that affect disabled people
23rd Jan 2013
voted against more regulation of the private rental sector, against a national register of landlords, against clearer information on charges, and against the promotion of longer tenancies when tenants want them.
9th July 2014
voted against calling on the Government to increase the rate of house building to 200,000 homes per year by 2020
EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & LEGAL AID
26th Mar 2013
voted to reduce the minimum consultation and notice periods for large scale collective redundancies.
19th Mar 2012
voted to increase the minimum qualifying period for the right to claim unfair dismissal from one year to two years for employees starting new employment
31st Oct 2011
voted against making legal aid available in clinical negligence cases.
ROYAL MAIL PRIVATISATION
27th Oct 2010
voted to prepare for and permit Royal Mail privatisation.
17th Dec 2014
voted against proposals to reduce dependency on food banks via various measures including tackling delays in the benefits system, more affordable utility bills, and an increase in the minimum wage.
ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS & THE MINIMUM WAGE
16th Oct 2013
voted against a consultation and call for evidence on the use of zero hours contracts
15th Jan 2014
voted against strengthening the enforcement of the minimum wage, against increasing the national minimum wage, and against encouraging employers to pay a living wage.
8th June 2011
voted to increase the state pension age for women sooner than 2020 and against independent research on the impact of Government policies on women which could widen inequality between women and men
21st May 2013
voted against allowing same sex couples to marry
26th Oct 2011
voted against creating jobs, investing in infrastructure and raising the UK’s recycling target to 70%
25th April 2012
voted against requiring the Civil Aviation Authority to have regard to working with other bodies to meet the UK’s greenhouse gas emission reduction obligations.
8th Dec 2014
voted for the wide range of provisions in the Infrastructure Bill which include introducing strategic highways companies, giving British Transport Police more powers, introducing species control orders, changing the planning system for national infrastructure projects, and enabling the extraction of petroleum and geothermal energy from land at a depth of at least 300 metres below the surface without the permission of the landowner.