Jamie Wake 2014 Independent Candidate for Whitley ward in the Reading Local Elections
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    March 6th, 2013jamiewakerdgequal marriage

    As readers of this blog will know, I’m a vocal campaigner for marriage equality and keen for our MPs to know that people who identify themselves as LGBT also vote too. Here’s a list of those MPs that voted against Equal Marriage at its second reading.

    Tory MPs that voted against:

    • Nigel Adams (Selby & Ainsty)
    • Adam Afriyie (Windsor)
    • Peter Aldous (Waveney)
    • David Amess (Southend West)
    • James Arbuthnot (Hampshire North East)
    • Richard Bacon (Norfolk South)
    • Steven Baker (Wycombe)
    • Tony Baldry (Banbury)
    • Guto Bebb (Aberconwy)
    • Henry Bellingham (Norfolk North West)
    • Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley)
    • Andrew Bingham (High Peak)
    • Bob Blackman (Harrow East)
    • Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West)
    • Julian Brazier (Canterbury)
    • Andrew Bridgen (Leicestershire North West)
    • Steve Brine (Winchester)
    • Fiona Bruce (Congleton)
    • Robert Buckland (Swindon South)
    • Simon Burns (Chelmsford)
    • David Burrowes (Enfield Southgate)
    • Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan)
    • Douglas Carswell (Clacton)
    • Bill Cash (Stone)
    • Rehman Chishti (Gillingham & Rainham)
    • Christopher Chope (Christchurch)
    • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswolds, The)
    • Geoffrey Cox (Devon West & Torridge)
    • Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
    • David Davies (Monmouth)
    • Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire)
    • Philip Davies (Shipley)
    • David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden)
    • Nick de Bois (Enfield North)
    • Caroline Dinenage (Gosport)
    • Richard Drax (Dorset South)
    • Charlie Elphicke (Dover)
    • Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North)
    • David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford)
    • Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks)
    • Dr Liam Fox (Somerset North)
    • Mark Francois (Rayleigh & Wickford)
    • George Freeman (Norfolk Mid)
    • Roger Gale (Thanet North)
    • Sir Edward Garnier (Harborough)
    • Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest)
    • Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham)
    • John Glen (Salisbury)
    • Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby)
    • James Gray (Wiltshire North)
    • Andrew Griffiths (Burton)
    • Robert Halfon (Harlow)
    • Simon Hart (Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South)
    • Sir Alan Haselhurst (Saffron Walden)
    • John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings)
    • Oliver Heald (Hertfordshire North East)
    • Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)
    • Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
    • Adam Holloway (Gravesham)
    • Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot)
    • Stewart Jackson (Peterborough)
    • Gareth Johnson (Dartford)
    • David Jones (Clwyd West)
    • Marcus Jones (Nuneaton)
    • Greg Knight (Yorkshire East)
    • Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne)
    • Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North)
    • Pauline Latham (Derbyshire Mid)
    • Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford)
    • Edward Leigh (Gainsborough)
    • Julian Lewis (New Forest East)
    • David Lidington (Aylesbury)
    • Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden)
    • Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke)
    • Jonathan Lord (Woking)
    • Tim Loughton (Worthing East & Shoreham)
    • Karen Lumley (Redditch)
    • Karl McCartney (Lincoln)
    • Anne McIntosh (Thirsk & Malton)
    • Stephen McPartland (Stevenage)
    • Esther McVey (Wirral West)
    • Anne Main (St Albans)
    • Paul Maynard (Blackpool North & Cleveleys)
    • Stephen Metcalfe (Basildon South & Thurrock East
    • Nicky Morgan (Loughborough)
    • Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)
    • David Morris (Morecambe & Lunesdale)
    • James Morris (Halesowen & Rowley Regis)
    • Bob Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst)
    • Caroline Nokes (Romsey & Southampton North)
    • David Nuttall (Bury North)
    • Stephen O’Brien (Eddisbury)
    • Matthew Offord (Hendon)
    • Jim Paice (Cambridgeshire South East)
    • Neil Parish (Tiverton & Honiton)
    • Priti Patel (Witham)
    • Owen Paterson (Shropshire North)
    • Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
    • Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead)
    • Mark Pritchard (Wrekin, The)
    • John Randall (Uxbridge & Ruislip South)
    • John Redwood (Wokingham)
    • Jacob Rees-Mogg (Somerset North East)
    • Simon Reevell (Dewsbury)
    • Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington)
    • Andrew Robathan (Leicestershire South)
    • Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
    • Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
    • David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds)
    • David Rutley (Macclesfield)
    • Andrew Selous (Bedfordshire South West)
    • Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet & Rothwell)
    • Sir Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills)
    • Henry Smith (Crawley)
    • Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling)
    • John Stevenson (Carlisle)
    • Bob Stewart (Beckenham)
    • Mel Stride (Devon Central)
    • Julian Sturdy (York Outer)
    • Robert Syms (Poole)
    • Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle)
    • David Tredinnick (Bosworth)
    • Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)
    • Shailesh Vara (Cambridgeshire North West)
    • Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
    • Ben Wallace (Wyre & Preston North)
    • Robert Walter (Dorset North)
    • James Wharton (Stockton South)
    • Heather Wheeler (Derbyshire South)
    • Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley)
    • John Whittingdale (Maldon)
    • Bill Wiggin (Herefordshire North)
    • Gavin Williamson (Staffordshire South)
    • Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth & Southam)

    Tory MPs that didn’t vote at all:

    • Harriett Baldwin (Worcestershire West)
    • Stephen Barclay (Cambridgeshire North East)
    • Jake Berry (Rossendale & Darwen)
    • Brian Binley (Northampton South)
    • Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West & Abingdon)
    • Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)
    • Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock)
    • Philip Dunne (Ludlow)
    • Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East)
    • George Eustice (Camborne & Redruth)
    • Graham Evans (Weaver Vale)
    • Richard Fuller (Bedford)
    • Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield)
    • Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge)
    • Rebecca Harris (Castle Point)
    • Mark Hoban (Fareham)
    • Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner)
    • Chris Kelly (Dudley South)
    • Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest)
    • Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater & Somerset West)
    • Patrick Mercer (Newark)
    • Anne Milton (Guildford)
    • Sheryll Murray (Cornwall South East)
    • Jesse Norman (Hereford & Herefordshire South)
    • Claire Perry (Devizes)
    • Stephen Phillips (Sleaford & North Hykeham)
    • Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford)
    • Lee Scott (Ilford North)
    • Mark Spencer (Sherwood)
    • Gary Streeter (Devon South West)
    • Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness)
    • Edward Timpson (Crewe & Nantwich)
    • Andrew Tyrie (Chichester)
    • Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West)
    • Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon)

    The Tory MPs that voted for and against (Traditional way to abstain):

    • Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton)
    • Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire)
    • Phillip Lee (Bracknell)
    • Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)
    • Rob Wilson (Reading East)

    Labour MPs who voted against:

    • Joe Benton (Bootle)
    • Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
    • Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill)
    • Rosie Cooper (Lancashire West)
    • David Crausby (Bolton North East)
    • Tony Cunningham (Workington)
    • Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton)
    • Brian Donohoe (Ayrshire Central)
    • Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South)
    • Mary Glindon (Tyneside North)
    • Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East)
    • Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
    • Michael McCann (East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow)
    • Jim McGovern (Dundee West)
    • Iain McKenzie (Inverclyde)
    • George Mudie (Leeds East)
    • Paul Murphy (Torfaen)
    • Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
    • Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw)
    • Jim Sheridan (Paisley & Renfrewshire North)
    • Derek Twigg (Halton)
    • Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)

    Labour MPs who didn’t vote at all:

    • Dame Anne Begg (Aberdeen South)
    • Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath)
    • Alex Cunningham (Stockton North), Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)
    • Pat Glass (Durham North West), Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Hall Green)
    • David Heyes (Ashton Under Lyne)
    • Jim Hood (Lanark & Hamilton East)
    • Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham Perry Barr)
    • Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton)
    • Ian Mearns (Gateshead)
    • Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)
    • Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall)
    • Gavin Shuker (Luton South)
    • Stephen Timms (East Ham)
    • Shaun Woodward (St Helens South & Whiston)

    Lib Dem MPs who voted against:

    • Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed)
    • Gordon Birtwistle (Burnley)
    • John Pugh (Southport)
    • Sarah Teather (Brent Central)

    Lib Dem MPs that didn’t vote at all:

    • Norman Baker (Lewes)
    • Martin Horwood (Cheltenham)
    • Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Lochaber)
    • Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West)
    • John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross)
    • David Ward (Bradford East), Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central)

    The Democratic Unionists that voted against:

    • Gregory Campbell (Londonderry East)
    • Nigel Dodds (Belfast North)
    • Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley)
    • Rev William McCrea (Antrim South)
    • Ian Paisley Junior (Antrim North)
    • Jim Shannon (Strangford)
    • David Simpson (Upper Bann)
    • Sammy Wilson (Antrim East)

    The Independents that voted against:

    • Nadine Dorries (Bedfordshire Mid)
    • Lady Sylvia Hermon (Down North)

    So lets take this data and give each party a score based on the percentage of total party MPs. For the benefit of this score, I count an MP who has abstained as someone who did not vote in favour of Equal Marriage – whatever their reasoning for voting both in favour and against. I do not believe that voting for both does not demonstrate full support for equality.  [Late Edit] I’ve also been reminded that some MP’s weren’t able to attend the vote for various reasons.  I would hope that those MP’s that wanted to vote in favour at the second reading but were unable to attend already know their position – as do their campaigners and constituents.

    1. DUP 100%
    2. TORY 58%
    3. INDEPENDENTS 33.33%
    4. LIB DEM 20%
    5. LABOUR 14.99%
    6. GREEN 0%
    7. PLAID CYMRU 0%
    8. SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AND LABOUR 0%
    9. ALLIANCE 0%
    10. RESPECT 0%
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    September 7th, 2011jamiewakerdghealthcare

    We’ve heard a lot of discussion from the Labour party about the necessity for trying to save the NHS and as I’ve been listening to these discussions, I’m surprised that no one has looked at where the NHS is failing and needs saving from itself.

    Today, there are vigils outside the Royal Berkshire Hospital taking place to highlight the campaign and as usual, it will be used to score points politically. I just hope it’s remembered that a hospital is a place for the sick and dying and the vigil does not obstruct patients or visitors unnecessarily.

    To give an example of why I feel the NHS is failing, I have a compound fracture in my left arm from an accident I had recently in Bulgaria. I had a titanium plate put into my arm etc and i’m in quite a lot of pain. I arrived in the hospital at midnight and within half an hour to 40 minutes I had had x-rays, been seen by a consultant and placed on the ward where I was given medication to control the excruciating pain that I was in. I’ve now been repatriated back to the UK and after finally managing to get an appointment with a local GP, I was referred to a fracture clinic to have my arm checked over and have physiotherapy arranged. It’s now been two weeks and I haven’t heard anything so I thought i’d find out where we were with getting an appointment as a delay to the physiotherapy would likely cause complications with my arm healing. The clinic had no record of a referral and called me back to ask me to be the go-between! I’ll make that call in the morning.

    When I tried to register with the GP, Maureen the receptionist could not have been ruder. We were told by one receptionist to come in at 2pm and when we did, Maureen informed us that we were inconveniencing her as it was busy. We explained that we would need an urgent appointment and were told that it would be after she had entered my details onto the computer – if she had time! I was not impressed.

    I appreciate that front line staff are under a lot of pressure, but they need to ensure that the care they are delivering is person centred and within the principles of care. I believe that reforms are needed but with maximum dialogue with all staff. Reform also needs to be devised by those on the front line – radical I know but surely they would know best? I know that people think that the NHS will end up being privatised but private profit making companies are already commissioned to work with the pcts! Sometimes, it’s a lot more economical to do this.

    I may not be as experienced as my fellow campaigners in other political parties, but I have common sense AND I work in the care industry – in the private sector! I’m also an individual trying to access services within the NHS. So if someone out there does find my referral, make sure it ends up in the right department!

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