9 July 2016

May vs. Leadsom


The next prime minister of the United Kingdom will be Theresa May or Andrea Leadsom. Many are worried as both candidates are seen as more rightwing than the neoliberal David Cameron. But how do their voting records compare? 

Theresa May has been the MP for Maidenhead since 1997. She has been Home Secretary since 2010 and held numerous shadow positions whilst in opposition. 

Andrea Leadsom has been the MP for South Northamptonshire since 2010. She has been energy secretary since 2015. 

Social Issues

Reduce the age of consent for homosexuals to 16 (1998)
May: NO
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Gay adoption (2002)
May: NO
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Maintain section 28 (2003)
May: ABSENT
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Civil Partnerships for gay people (2004)
May: Yes
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Equality act based on sexual orientation (2007)
May: ABSENT
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Gay marriage (2013)
May: YES
Leadsom: NO

Hunting bans (2002-2004)
May: NO
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Assisted dying (2015)
May: NO
Leadsom: NO

Foreign Policy

Iraq War (2003)
May: YES
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Iraq airstrikes against ISIL (2014)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES
Syrian airstrikes against ISIS (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Trident renewal (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Restrict support available for failed asylum seekers (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Welfare and Social Security

‘Bedroom tax’ (2013)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Welfare cuts to fund Trident renewal (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Reduce tax credits (2015-2016)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Tax

Cut the top rate of tax to 45% (2012)
May: ABSENT
Leadsom: YES

Cut the top rate of tax (2014)
May: ABSENT
Leadsom: YES

Bankers’ bonus tax (2011-2015)
May: ABSENT/NO
Leadsom: NO

Trade union turnout of 50% for strike ballot to be legitimate (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Increase VAT to 20% (2010)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Measures to prevent tax avoidance and evasion (2016)
May: NO
Leadsom: ABSENT

NHS and Education

Government NHS reorganisation (2011)
May: ABSENT
Leadsom: YES

Implementation of academies (2010-2016)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Increase tuition fees to £3,000 (2004)
May: NO
Leadsom wasn't an MP

Increase tuition fees to £9,000 (2010)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Constitutional Reform

An elected House of Lords (2015)
May: YES
Leadsom: YES

Global Warming Issues

Setting a decarbonisation target (2016)
May: NO

Leadsom: NO

... And of course the big one... 

How did they vote on Britain's membership of the European Union?

May: IN
Leadsom: OUT

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