Perhaps I am the last person on the planet to discover it, but I just stumbled on www.publicwhip.org.uk, an excellent website which contains detailed information about UK MP’s voting records and other related information. Of particular interest is a Java map where they have used a clustering algorithm to visually represent the positions of MPs on a map based on their voting records. One interesting thing of note is that while the libdems were almost exactly half way between the tories and labour in 1997, they are now closer to the tories in their voting records. Even the fact that they are between the two at all is interesting given that some argue that they have taken over from labour as the major left-wing party. Not according to their voting records it seems.
Wouldn’t it be great if the European Parliament did something useful with our money for a change and funded a similar system at the EU level?