In answer to a question from a lower sixth student I thought this answer worth posting. Clearly relevant to Unit 2’s Parliament topic, e.g. questions on opposition in the unelected second chamber, the power of the Lords, parliamentary scrutiny, etc.. These stats may also be useful for Unit 2’s PM & Cabinet topic too – e.g. questions on the power of a PM and his government, the weakness of his whip, or government in an era of small working majorities.
Anyway, Thanks to Milo J (AS politico) for the question; here’s the answer:
Session 2015-2016: Conservative Government. Number of defeats = 48 (as at 25 April 2016)*
List of Government defeats in previous sessions
|Government||Session||Number of defeats|
|Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition||2014-2015||10|
|Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition||2013-2014||14|
|Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition||2012-2013||27|
|Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition||2010-2012||48|
*Am assuming the defeat yesterday (April 26th) over child refugees I blogged earlier today makes 49. … Interestingly this figure means that Cameron’s government has already been defeated in the Lords 48% as many times in one year as they faced in the seven years of power since taking over from Labour in 2010.
… Make of that what you will!?