Most new governments enjoy a relatively peaceful time with their backbenchers when first in power. And at first sight, this appears to have been true of the new Brown government. The first month of Gordon Brown’s premiership produced a handful of small backbench rebellions in the House of Commons, but none were especially large or worrying.
Yet when compared to other post-war Prime Ministers, it is noticeable how many rebellions Brown suffered in his first month, how large they were, how quickly they occurred, and how many MPs they involved. In all of these four areas, the Brown Government has already set post-war records for backbench dissent.
This short briefing paper (pdf, 45k) gives the scores on the doors.