Ladywood’s MP says Commons votes are “pointless”

Ladywood’s current MP, Clare Short, has said that taking part in House of Commons votes is “pointless”.

New figures show Clare took part in less than one in eight votes over the past 12 months. She is quoted in the Birmingham Post:

"Most MPs automatically vote for the government or against the government depending on which party they are in.

“I am often in the building when a vote takes place. But everyone knows the Government is going to win the day whether I take part or not.

“I will vote on an issue where it is a matter of principle, or where my independent vote might make a difference to the outcome.”

Although I understand her reasoning, by not voting it means her constituents views are not being represented.

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