LibDem discipline in the House of Lords is pretty monolithic – at least as far as the divisions on the Health and Social Care Bill are concerned.
I reported earlier in the week that in Tuesday’s five votes on amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill LibDem peers had voted en masse against every single one.
Today they were at it again.
The first vote was on a Labour proposal which would have removed the arrangements enabling NHS Foundation Trusts to earn up to 49% of their income from private patients. This was defeated by a majority of 58 with 53 LibDems voting against the amendment.
The second vote was on making HealthWatch England a genuinely independent body. This was voted down by a majority of 24 with 44 LibDems voting against the amendment.
The third vote was on Government amendments removing statutory status and governance requirements from local HealthWatch organisations. The Government pushed through their amendments with a majority of 77 with 40 LibDems supporting the Government line.
The fourth vote was on a Labour amendment which would have required clinical commissioning groups to get approval from local Health and Wellbeing Boards to their commissioning plan (i.e. to introduce some democratic accountability). This was defeated by a majority of 87 with 34 LibDems voting against the amendment.
In none of the four divisions did a single LibDem peer defy their Party whip and vote the other way.