This is a list of government defeats in the house of Commons. Does a similar list exist for how many times governments have won votes, but which they would have lost without opposition support?

Example: 2006 Education and Inspections Act, which only passed with Conservative support.

  • @ohwilleke: note that one of the jobs of government whips is to get a sense of the mood of MPs. If it seems likely that the government might lose a vote, they may try to avoid the vote taking place. For example, if a proposed legislative amendment is likely to lose, the government may opt to withdraw it, or propose a different one, etc. Much of this happens behind the scenes, and before any schedules or amendments, etc, are published, so you don't see it. But it does help to explain why government defeats are so uncommon. Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 9:44
  • Yep. This is also likely why it's uncommon for them to win votes where Opposition support is nontrivial wrt to winning the vote.
    – Ne Mo
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 13:18
  • Just to note that it’s quite likely to happen next Tuesday when the new Covid restrictions are voted on, which I assume is why you’re asking this question now.
    – Mike Scott
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 20:25
  • Agreed, that's the inspiration for question, decided not to put it in unless it actually happens that way
    – Ne Mo
    Commented Dec 11, 2021 at 12:28
  • Would you include votes on issues which the Government supports, but allows its MPs a free vote on? E.g. the vote on the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021?
    – CDJB
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 14:07


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