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How libertarian is the new cabinet?

Before the election, Liberal Democrat Voice, a blog site of LibDem supporters, compiled a ranking all members of the last Parliament by how libertarian they were based on their votes on a variety of votes relating to freedom of speech, trial without jury, ID cards, a national DNA database, and other similar civil liberties issues. The most authoritarian on these issues were ranked 100, those most libertarian ranked 0. It is by no means a precise rank, because of the difficulty in scoring votes missed by MPs, but with IDS ranked most authoritarian of the new cabinet, Huhne ranked most libertarian, it seems to be a reasonable guide. Particularly welcome are the low scores from Home Secretary Theresa May and from Attorney-General Dominic Grieve, in the most relevant positions to civil liberties.

Position Minister Rank
Prime Minister David Cameron 12
Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council Nick Clegg 9
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne 9
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague 6
Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May 3
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke 3
Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox 12
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr Vince Cable 3
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith 15
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne 0
Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley 3
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove 9
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles 9
Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond 6
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman 3
Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell 3
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson 9
Secretary of State for Scotland Danny Alexander 6
Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan 3
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt 6
Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws 3
Paymaster General Francis Maude 9
Minister of State in the Cabinet Office Oliver Letwin 6
Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts 9
Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons Sir George Young, Bt 6
Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin 6
Attorney-General Dominic Grieve 3
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