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Policies

Policies are stated positions on a particular issue. For example "Privatise the NHS", or "Join the Euro". Each policy has a definition and a way to vote in relevant divisions in Parliament.

This table summarises all policies, including how many times they have "voted". Click on their name to get a comparison of a policy to all MPs. You can get a policy to the top by editing and correcting motion text for its divisions.

Votes (unedited)Policy
29 (1) Abortion, Embryology and Euthanasia- Against
7 Ban fox hunting
13 (1) Business and community control of schools: For
3 Cap or Reduce Civil Service Pay and Conditions
8 (3) Civil aviation pollution - For limiting
36 (1) Control Orders
1 (1) Corporal punishment of children - Against
2 Crossrail - In favour
2 Deployment of UK armed forces in Afghanistan
12 Equal Number of Electors Per Constituency
81 (2) European Union - For
9 (1) Foundation hospitals - In favour
17 (2) Fox hunting - Ban
16 Freedom of Information Bill 2000 - Strengthen
11 Fully Elected House of Lords
9 Gambling - Against permissiveness
2 Hold a UK referendum on Lisbon EU Treaty
32 (11) Homosexuality - Equal rights
37 (11) Identity cards - For introduction
14 Increase VAT
6 Iraq 2003 - For the invasion
19 Iraq Investigation - Necessary
6 Ministers Can Intervene in Coroners' Inquests
12 No detention without charge or trial
6 No Polls Clash With MP Election System Referendum
6 Nuclear power - For
12 Parliamentary scrutiny - Reduce
14 Post office - in favour of Government policy
14 Post office closures - against
4 Privatise Royal Mail
7 (1) Promote Occupational Pensions
6 Proportional Representation Voting System - For
5 Protesting near Parliament - Unrestricted
5 Recreational drugs - Against legalization
9 (1) Referendum on Alternative Vote for MP Elections
9 Remove Hereditary Peers from the House of Lords
2 Right to strike
51 (1) Schools - Greater Autonomy
11 (1) Smoking ban - In favour
36 (6) Stop climate change
5 Termination of pregnancy - against
82 (1) Terrorism laws - For
3 The UK should not ratify the Lisbon Treaty
11 (4) Transexuality - Against legal recognition
11 Transparency of Parliament
4 Trident replacement - In favour
1 Tuition fees - Set Upper Limit at £9,000 per Year
13 University education fees - Should be free
19 University Tuition Fees - For
2 Voting age - Reduce to 16
3 War - Parliamentary authority not necessary
5 Alcohol - increase its availability (provisional)
5 Alcohol - restrict its availability (provisional)
16 Alcohol Liberalisation (provisional)
2 (1) American imperialist hegemony: welcome (provisional)
1 Asylum seekers: no rights (provisional)
50 (2) Asylum System - More strict (provisional)
1 Backbench power (provisional)
1 Banning ozone-depleting substances (provisional)
8 (1) Big Business - against (provisional)
8 (2) British Humanist (provisional)
5 (1) Cambridge Liberal Conservative (provisional)
39 Common Sense Party (provisional)
94 (53) Conservative party abstentions (provisional)
2 Conservative Party policies - agree (provisional)
1 Current Attitudes towards Climate Change (provisional)
8 Cut Spending on Public Services (provisional)
1 Devolution to Scottish and Welsh Parliament (provisional)
2 Dogs' tails: docking of (provisional)
4 Educational Reform Rebel (provisional)
11 Extradition - reciprocal between UK and US (provisional)
4 Faith schools: abolish (provisional)
9 Fast-track planning (provisional)
5 Fewer MPs - for (provisional)
17 (2) Fox hunting - Don't ban (provisional)
7 Gambling - permissive (provisional)
20 (2) Homosexuality - Not acceptable (provisional)
36 (11) Identity cards - Against introduction (provisional)
12 (3) Identity Cards - In favour (provisional)
4 Income Tax - Abolish 10% tax bracket (provisional)
24 (1) Innocent until proven guilty (provisional)
6 Iraq 2003 - Against the invasion (provisional)
13 Iraq 2003 - For disarmament only (provisional)
6 Iraq 2003 - pro-invasion (provisional)
3 Junk (provisional)
2 Jury trials: sacrosanct (provisional)
4 Labour Party Abstensions (provisional)
7 (2) Legalise all adult consensual sex (provisional)
2 Liberal Democrat party abstentions (provisional)
1 Liberal Democrat policies - agree (provisional)
1 Local Transport Bill 2007-08 (provisional)
9 (3) Lords in favour of homosexual equality (provisional)
32 (9) Me (provisional)
11 (4) Mental health- easier detention + forced treatment (provisional)
7 Military expansion - Favour (provisional)
5 (3) No to ID Cards (provisional)
16 Notable Divisions (provisional)
2 Occupational Pensions - For (provisional)
5 (3) Oppose GM Farming (provisional)
1 Outlaw irrelevant clauses (provisional)
12 Parliamentary scrutiny - Strengthen (provisional)
8 Pay MPs More (provisional)
3 Pension auto-enrolment - For (provisional)
3 Pension fund collapse: bail-out (provisional)
1 Prisons and probation services: Privatise (provisional)
2 Private sector in health service - increase (provisional)
1 Pro American Pro War and Anti-Euro Party (provisional)
5 Pro Science and technology (provisional)
19 (1) Pro-human rights, pro-democracy (provisional)
60 (2) Pro-Liberty (provisional)
4 Referendum on Europe (provisional)
6 (4) Renationalisation of public services (provisional)
5 Scrap Universal Benefits (provisional)
6 Selective schools: abolish (provisional)
1 Sexuality Equalisation (provisional)
4 Short Notable Divisions (provisional)
3 (2) Socially Free, Economically Free. True Libertarian (provisional)
3 (1) Stand as an MP based on signatures of support (provisional)
9 (5) Stop climate change (old) (provisional)
16 Supports Government Budgets (provisional)
10 Taxation - For Progressive Taxation (provisional)
13 (7) Taxes - Favour decreases (provisional)
4 (2) Taxes - Favour increases (provisional)
1 Temporary and agency workers: Equal rights (provisional)
75 Terrorism laws - Against (provisional)
9 University tuition fees (provisional)
36 (32) Vote 'aye' on every division in October 2007 (provisional)
6 (3) Vote for Radical Change (provisional)
That makes 128 policies which have voted in at least one division.

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