“Not a very courageous stance…”

We’ve just voted on tripling tuition fees. The Government won, by 323 votes to 302. Stephen Williams abstained…… Here’s what he has to stay on the subject.

December 2003
“We have a problem with an MP who often says one thing in Bristol West but votes another way in Westminster. The most blatant example was the Iraq war. Mrs Davey says that she did not support the war, which has given many people the impression she voted against the government. In fact, she abstained on what must be ranked as one of the most important Commons votes in decades. She also abstained on the formation of foundation hospitals. The thousands of students and staff at Bristol’s universities will be looking very carefully at Mrs Davey’s record in the run up to the next election.” http://www.bristolwest-libdems.org.uk/news/000034/topup_fees_challenge_to_mp.html


January 2004

 “Bristol West electors must be wondering what on earth to make of their MP’s voting record. In the last 12 months tens of thousands of her constituents have been concerned about the war in Iraq, foundation hospitals and now top up fees. And Mrs Davey’s response? Abstain, abstain, abstain. Not a very courageous stance. Bristol West needs an MP who can adequately represent the constituency and remain faithful to campaign promises.” http://www.bristolwest-libdems.org.uk/news/000026/fees_pledge_betrayal_by_mp.html  



January 2004
In letter to Valerie Davey: “I think that most Bristol West electors will not see an abstention as a particularly courageous stance on your part.”


April 2004   
 “This is yet another betrayal by Valerie Davey. After abstaining on the first vote she promised to fight variable fees. Well, the variable fees remain but she has abstained again. Thousands of students and parents will be wondering what on earth is the point of an MP who can’t take a stand on such a major issue.” http://www.bristolwest-libdems.org.uk/news/000011/another_fees_letdown_from_labour_mp.html


April 2005
Stephen Williams, prospective Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, said, “I think it is important that voters know how their MP has voted over the last eight years. She has ducked most of the tricky decisions completely.” http://www.bristolwest-libdems.org.uk/news/000145/lib_dems_reveal_labour_mps_voting_record.html



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  • TheBoilingFrog  On December 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    “Not a very courageous stance…”

    No, nor by a Labour MP (that’s you) who stood on a manifesto promise on the Lisbon Treaty (constitution) yet voted against:


    All parties’ treat us voters with contempt.

    • kerrymccarthy  On December 10, 2010 at 12:29 am

      The manifesto commitment was about an EU constitution. The Lisbon treaty wasn’t one.

  • Leroy  On December 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Kerry for highlighting this hypocrisy. I am very, very happy that I didn’t vote Lib Dem at the last election. I nearly fell for the ‘new alternative’ to the old parties line. To those Lib Dems who resigned because of their conscience, bravo. I think the ‘new alternative’ should be being able to vote for people with integrity that say what they mean rather than what best suits their careers or their bosses’ careers. Labour, for all their faults and mistakes, are the only party that seem genuinely committed to social fairness. I am from a poor background and I went to university and now I am a teacher. It breaks my heart to think that lots of people with similar backgrounds to me might not be able to do that for a long time. It is wrong; to have people like Mr Williams renege on their pledge because they’re now in power is simply wrong. I hate the violence employed by some of the protesters (and the police) and sincerely hope that there is no more. But when a government does something as duplicitous as this, there will inevitably be civil unrest. The best way to avoid this is by being honest so we know what we’re voting for, whatever the party.

  • bristolwestpaul  On December 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    You can read Williams’ own leaflets in technicolor along with fence sitting cartoon attacking previous MP here


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