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It's Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life. It's a two-way process though, so add your comments too.

Tuesday 17 February


Revolting behaviour
posted by David | 1612 GMT |

Political boffins at Nottingham University have been looking at the growing revolts by Labour MPs against Tony Blair's government.

They have even set up a valuable website - www.revolts.co.uk - which delves deeper into this new phenomenon.

Their league table of rebellions from 2001 to 2003 offers a few surprises. The most rebellious Welsh Labour MP is, surprisingly perhaps, the retiring Member for Llanelli, Denzil Davies. He voted against the party whip 38 times, according to the researchers.

The second most rebellious Welsh MP is Llew Smith, from Blaenau Gwent, who is also standing down at the next general election. He voted against the government 29 times in two years. The researchers calculate that on 11 defining issues in that time, Mr Smith voted against the Whip no fewer than eight times.

I'm told generous odds are available on the prospect of Mr Smith spending his retirement in the House of Lords. Don't take them!

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