Scilly’s MP Is Officially Most Rebellious In The House

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George

It’s official. Scilly’s MP Andrew George is the most rebellious in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrat has voted against the government on 56 occasions since 2010 and abstained many more times.

But Andrew says his record is not a source of pride or shame.

He says he’s simply put the interests of his constituents above party politics and argues that MP’s should rebel when they think their party is getting it wrong.

Andrew has gone against the government on a number of issues, such as the bedroom tax, student tuition fees and military intervention in Syria.

He’s also rebelled on NHS reforms, which he says put profit before patients, and on the badger cull.

Andrew says he read the research and talked to scientists and came to the conclusion that a cull would make bovine TB levels worse.

“You have to scrutinise the details,” he says, “and not just lazily accept the briefings offered by the party.”

Mr George says taking tough decisions is not easy because he risks alienating himself from his colleagues. He’s often found himself the lone voice in the party.

And he says his fellow party members who tow the line have managed to “shimmy their way up the greasy pole” while his own actions have placed “a very low glass ceiling” on his political career.

But he dismissed the suggestion that being a rebel means his influence in the party has been diminished.

He feels if MPs could genuinely engage in a debate, based on their own views, then we probably wouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq or adopted the Poll Tax.

Andrew says the Liberal Democrats “took a bit of a drubbing” in the recent local and European elections, but he wouldn’t be drawn on whether Vince Cable should replace Nick Clegg as party leader.

He says they need to take time to reflect on why their message isn’t getting across and not be obsessed with “personality issues.”