Thanks to Robert Longstaff
for posting a a link
to the European Parliament votes on the controversial Communications Traffic Data Retention Directive.
The vote on the final resolution(.pdf) was adopted by 378 votes in favour to 197 against, with 30 abstentions.
Since this document is structured according to the multinational European Parliament political groupings, mostly just by Surname, with no indication of UK Political Parties or Constituencies, we have tried to decode this vote to see which United Kingdom Members of Parliament cannot be trusted with our freedom and liberty, and should therfore be punished at the next election.
There seems to have been a backroom deal between the Party of the European Socialists (PES), which includes the UK Labour party, and the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (EPP-ED) groups, which includes the UK Conservative party - the two largest groups in the European Parliament, who mostly voted for the Directive. Although the Liberal Democrats voted Against, their political grouping the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) was split.
Of the UK political parties, only the Conservatives were split, with 9 rebels voting Against.
Of the 78 United Kingdom Members of Parliament, only 66 of them voted on the Directive, with none of them actually recorded as abstaining.
35 UK MEPs voted Against:
10 Liberal Democrats
1 Sinn Féin
8 UK Independence Party
1 Democratic Unionist Party
1 Scottish National Party
12 UK MEPs who Did Not Vote - presumably they were away from the Plenary session as they are not recorded as having abstained:
2 Liberal Democrats
1 Plaid Cymru
1 Scottish National Party
2 UK Independence Party - N.B. both of these voted Against on the previous vote on the modified text i.e a full complement of UKIP MEPs voted
5 of these UK MEPs (2 Labour, 1 Conservative, 1 Liberal Democrat and 1 Green) were part of the European Parliament delegation to the World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong i.e. a reasonable excuse for absence.
31 UK MEPs voted For the directive, and should be punished via the ballot box accordingly.
1 Ulster Unionist Party
Most people have little clue who their Members of the European Parliament are. You can find their contact details on the UK Office of the European Parliament website, which, astonishingly, provides no easy links to the voting record of any individual UK MEP. Alternatively you can use WriteToThem to let them know your opinion about how they voted on this fundamental reduction in our freedom and liberty, which will have no demonstrable effect on terrorists or serious criminals, but will cost the public more money for telecommunications and internet services, and make Europe less competitive in global markets.