New ranking tool assesses MPs’ records on climate votes

Governing parties have been more likely than the opposition to vote against climate action for the sake of the economy, according to The Guardian.

It published its climate ranking system for MPs on 11 October, grading them based on the way they voted on 16 indicative climate votes between 2008 and 2018, as well as noting any declared fossil fuel interests. Conservative MPs were more likely to vote for the economy over climate action and were found to have a greater number of fossil fuel interests. Politicians were also found to have routinely voted against practical short-term measures.

This was a pattern mirrored in Norfolk and Suffolk MPs* with Labour’s Clive Lewis recording a 100% score – present for six votes, voting positively in six – while no Conservative politician in the region scored higher than 31%.

The Guardian stressed that due to the party whip system and arcane parliamentary rules often dictating the way an MP votes, the analysis should not be considered definitive.

The Guardian

*climate rankings for Norfolk and Suffolk MPs

Clive Lewis (Labour, Norwich South) – 100%. Present for six votes, voted positively in six. Noted to have received a donation from fracking supporting, GMB.

Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat, North Norfolk) – 62%. Present for 13 votes, voted positively in eight.

Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk) – 31%. Present for 16 votes, voted positively in five.

Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative, North West Norfolk) – 27%. Present for 15 votes, voted positively in four.

Peter Aldous (Conservative, Waveney) – 23%. Present for 13 votes, voted positively in three.

Keith Simpson (Conservative, Broadland) – 21%. Present for 14 votes, voted positively in three.

Dan Poulter (Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich) – 20%. Present for 10 votes, voted positively in two.

Elizabeth Truss (Conservative, South West Norfolk) – 20%. Present for 10 votes, voted positively in two. Noted as having received an expenses-paid trip worth £8,200 to the US in 2019 from the American Enterprise Institute – a thinktank funded by oil firms and climate science sceptics.

Matthew Hancock (Conservative, West Suffolk) – 17%. Present for 12 votes, voted positively in two. Noted as having received donations totalling £24,000 from Neil Record, director of the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Forum.

Brandon Lewis (Conservative, Great Yarmouth) – 15%. Present for 13 votes, voted positively in two. Noted as having received £10,000 from Offshore Group Newcastle, which makes platforms for oil, gas and wind energy firms, along with donations – or donations in kind – totalling £24,410 from oil, gas and wind energy businessman, Alexander Temerko.

Chloe Smith (Conservative, Norwich North) – 15%. Present for 13 votes, voted positively in two.

Thérèse Coffey (Conservative, Suffolk Coastal) – 15%. Present for 13 votes, voted positively in two.

George Freeman (Conservative, Mid Norfolk) – 10%. Present for 10 votes, voted positively in one.

James Cartlidge (Conservative, South Suffolk) – 0%. Present for six votes, voted positively in zero.

Jo Churchill (Conservative, Bury St Edmunds) – 0%. Present for three votes, voted positively in zero.

Sandy Martin (Labour, Ipswich) – no score. Present for one vote, voted positively in one though no considered enough information to record a score.