There are four Conservative MPs who have voted more strongly against the European Union than Douglas Carswell. Carswell recently “stood down” as a Conservative MP and was re-elected as a United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) MP in the resultant by-election.
Mark Reckless who also “resigned” as a Conservative MP to contest a by-election as a UKIP candidate had the 11th most anti-EU voting record among Conservative MPs. In other words there are a nine sitting Conservative MPs who have voted more strongly against the European Union than Mark Reckless.
There is currently speculation about which MPs might be next to switch their allegiance to UKIP. If an MP has voted against the European Union in Parliament that might be an indication they could consider membership of UKIP an attractive option.
The table below shows the Conservative, and ex-Conservative, MPs who have voted most strongly against the European Union. The percentages given show the degree of agreement with the “European Union – for” policy on PublicWhip.org.uk.
Clicking on the percentages links to the details of each MP’s voting record on the EU on PublicWhip and it is possible to drill down from there to see how an MP voted in each relevant individual vote.
The following Labour MPs are those whose votes have been least supportive of the European Union:
Recently elected Labour MP Mike Kane has been excluded as he has not yet had the opportunity to participate in many votes on the European Union.
House of Lords
Based on their voting records independents Janric Craig (who legislates under the pseudonym Viscount Craigavon) and William Herbert Laming (Lord Laming) have shown the greatest opposition to the European Union via their voting record.
There are seven members of the House of Lords who have voted more strongly against the European Union than UKIP member Leopold Verney (who legislates as Lord Willoughby de Broke). The other UKIP member of the House of Lords Malcolm Pearson (who legislates under the name Lord Pearson of Rannoch) has only voted moderately against the European Union.
|David Maclean (Lord Blencathra)||Con||8.9%|
|Michael Hardy Spicer (Lord Spicer)||Con||9.2%|
|Angela Browning (Baroness Browning)||Con||9.4%|
|John Wakeham (Lord Wakeham)||Con||11.4%|
|Jean Barker (Baroness Trumpington)||Con||12.2%|
All the information shown above is available via PublicWhip.org.uk, specifically the page comparing individual MPs and members of the House of Lords with the policy on the European Union.
I have published a spreadsheet making it easier to work with the data.