2017 MPs ranked on LGBT and abortion rights voting history

I made a spreadsheet to find the Tory MPs who’d voted the best for LGBT and abortion rights so we can lobby them against the DUP. Then realised it could be useful generally. So I added all the current post-2017 election MPs from all parties.

I looked at four key LGBT rights votes and three key abortion rights votes:

  • Equality act 2007 (we want them to vote aye)
  • Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 (we want them to vote aye)
  • Conscientious Objection From Registrars to Marrying Same Sex Couples (we want them to vote no)
  • Protection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation) 2008 (we want them to vote no – contrary to what it sounds like, this was about freedom to spout hate speech against LGB people)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs — Termination of Pregnancy 2006 (we want them to vote no – shortening abortion time limit)
  • Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) 2007 (we want them to vote no – forced counselling before women are allowed an abortion)
  • Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2017 (we want them to vote aye – decriminalise abortion)

If the spreadsheet is a bit unwieldy, here’s a summary:

Tories who voted for LGBT rights and abortion rights every time they could (8)

Name Constituency  Party % good votes Number of possible votes
Crispin Blunt Reigate Con 100.00% 7
Michael Fabricant Lichfield Con 100.00% 7
Daniel Poulter Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Con 100.00% 3
Anna Soubry Broxtowe Con 100.00% 3
Zac Goldsmith Richmond Park Con 100.00% 2
Victoria Atkins Louth and Horncastle Con 100.00% 1
Robert Jenrick Newark Con 100.00% 1
Matt Warman Boston and Skegness Con 100.00% 1

Labour MPs who voted for LGBT rights and abortion rights every time they could (88)

The list is 88 strong, so check the spreadsheet to find those.

MPs who voted for LGBT rights and abortion rights in all 7 votes (12)

Roberta Blackman-Woods City of Durham Lab
Chris Bryant Rhondda Lab
Richard Burden Birmingham, Northfield Lab
Jeremy Corbyn Islington North Lab
Angela Eagle Wallasey Lab
Nia Griffith Llanelli Lab
Kerry McCarthy Bristol East Lab
Dennis Skinner Bolsover Lab
Graham Stringer Blackley and Broughton Lab
Alan Whitehead Southampton, Test Lab
Crispin Blunt Reigate Con
Michael Fabricant Lichfield Con

Lots of other MPs also voted well 100% of the time they were able to, but weren’t MPs when all of these votes happened. Check the spreadsheet for more. New MPs with no voting record have been removed.

 

MPs who voted against LGBT and abortion rights in all 7 votes (7, all Tory)

Peter Bone Wellingborough Con
Philip Davies Shipley Con
John Hayes South Holland and The Deepings Con
Philip Hollobone Kettering Con
Mike Penning Hemel Hempstead Con
Andrew Rosindell Romford Con
Andrew Selous South West Bedfordshire Con

Plenty of others voted badly or abstained, or voted badly all the time they were able to but weren’t MPs when all these votes happened. Check the spreadsheet to find those. New MPs with no voting record have been removed.

 

How the current DUP MPs voted on LGBT and abortion rights

Name Constituency Party How badly did they vote? Number of votes possible
Jeffrey M. Donaldson Lagan Valley DUP 42.86% 7
Gregory Campbell East Londonderry DUP 57.14% 7
David Simpson Upper Bann DUP 57.14% 7
Nigel Dodds Belfast North DUP 71.43% 7
Sammy Wilson East Antrim DUP 71.43% 7
Ian Paisley Jnr North Antrim DUP 100.00% 3
Jim Shannon Strangford DUP 100.00% 3
Gavin Robinson Belfast East DUP 100.00% 1

None of the DUP voted badly on all seven of the votes possible, but some didn’t get the chance. BUT, none of DUP voted well on any of these votes, the best DUP guy just abstained on a few things.

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