12 new topics for TheyWorkForYou: how did your MP vote?

Today we’ve added twelve new topics to the voting pages for every MP on TheyWorkForYou. Covering important areas such as membership of the EU, mass surveillance of data, and military action against Daesh/ISIL, these voting lines will help give an even better at-a-glance picture of what your MP stands for, and how that was reflected in Parliament.

Check your own MP’s votes on these topics by inputting your postcode on the TheyWorkForYou homepage:

Where to input your postcode on the TheyWorkForYou homepage

and then clicking on the ‘voting record’ tab:

Voting tab on TheyWorkForYou's MP pages

You’ll see all your MP’s voting lines laid out in several topic areas on a single page:

selection of voting lines on TheyWorkForYou

From there, it’s easier to explore further by clicking ‘show votes’, which will take you to a page listing every vote taken into consideration when calculating the MP’s stance.

For a full explanation on the methodology behind these pages — a combination of manual and automated inputs — see our previous blog post.

How do we choose which topics to include? It’s all driven by what MPs have voted on in Parliament, and consequently how much data there is to draw from in any specific subject area (there are also a few ‘topics in waiting’: areas we know we want to cover, but where there need to be some more votes before we have sufficient data to present meaningful stances).

New topics in full

The new voting lines we’ve added are:

  • In Constitutional Reform
    • Reducing the voting age
  • In Home Affairs
    • Mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities
    • Merging police and fire services under Police and Crime Commissioners
  • In Transport (a new topic area)
    • High speed rail network
    • Greater public control of bus services
    • Publicly-owned railways
  • In Foreign Policy & Defence
    • UK membership of the EU
    • The right to remain for EU nationals
    • Military action against the group known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh
  • In Taxation & Employment
    • The reduction of Capital Gains Tax
  • In Housing (a new topic area)
    • Secure tenancies for life
    • Charging a market rent to high earners renting a council home

We hope this helps you see, even more clearly, the effect your MP has had on a broad range of national and international issues.

Don’t forget that we also offer the chance to discuss these votes (or any other issue) with your MP. Just click the ‘send a message’ button at the top of the page to go to WriteToThem.com, where you can compose a message to your representatives quickly and easily.

Image: © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

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