A number MPs have resigned from their parties to join the newly formed Independent Group. Initially formed by 7 Labour MPs the political party has now been joined by conservative MPs.
This mixed heritage has led to several questions, the most pressing of which is: What does the new Independent Group stand for?
New research from crowdsauce.app has analysed the party member’s voting records, revealing significant statistics about what the new Independent Group may stand for in the future, along with information about how aligned the current political parties are with the concerns of every day voters.
Analysis of Political Focus
The analysis shows that the new party has a limited collective political focus, with the only shared areas of significant interest shown to be education and the economy, on average each party MP has 3.4 political interests. However, this does demonstrate a higher than average level of political interest, which is only 2.7 per MP (Labour is the mainstream party with the least political interests while the Liberal Democrats with 3.5 per MP are the highest.)
Further key findings are:
- When compared to the concerns of voters (with political interests of MP’s correlated and normalised against YouGov polling data), most parties are less concerned than the electorate about housing, crime and welfare. Whilst the parties seem more concerned than the electorate about the economy and education.
- There are notable differences between Labour and Tory preferences.
- Conservatives are interested in defence and rural affairs
- Labour are interested in housing and urban areas
- Overall there is very little MP interest in technology or the UK software industry. This is a worrying departure from voter interests.
- There was very little declared interest in children and mental health across all parties.
- There is huge difference in the level of political interest shown by individual MP’s – Michael Fabricant MP, tops the chart with a declared 19 political interests, whilst there is competition at the bottom with many MP’s including Angus Brendan MacNeil MP from the SNP, Jesse Norman MP from the Conservatives and Rt. Hon Margaret Beckett MP from Labour amongst those who had just 1 interest.
- The SNP have only 1 MP who openly declares an interest in Scottish Independence and they are the least politically interested party overall, with a tiny 0.54 political interests per MP. Sinn Féin had an average of 1 interest per MP, and Plaid Cymru had 2.
What does the Independent Group actually stand for?
The data suggests that the political interests of the new Independent Group are rather limited at the moment and if they intend to grow into a mainstream party, there are a large number of policy areas they should be pressed on, such as their defence and foreign policy, environmental and education stance.
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