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.
“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
“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
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.”
“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
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