Doctor Assisted Dying Bill — Leave to Bring In — 10 Dec 1997

Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against allowing a terminally ill person to obtain assistance in dying from a doctor.

The majority of MPs voted against allowing a terminally ill person to obtain assistance in dying from a doctor.

The motion rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable a person who is suffering distress as a result of his terminal illness or incurable physical condition to obtain assistance from a doctor to end his life; and for connected purposes.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con90 (+1 tell) 5059.3%
DUP1 0050.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab113 (+1 tell) 72 (+1 tell)044.8%
LDem20 9 (+1 tell)065.2%
PC1 2075.0%
SNP4 0066.7%
UKUP1 00100.0%
UUP4 0040.0%
Total:234 89050.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Crispin BluntReigateConaye
Mr Richard BodyBoston and SkegnessConaye
Mr Michael ColvinRomseyConaye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenCon (front bench)aye
Mr John TownendEast YorkshireConaye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Joe AshtonBassetlawLabtellaye
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabaye
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabaye
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabaye
Roger BerryKingswoodLabaye
Hazel BlearsSalfordLab (minister)aye
Mr Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabaye
Russell BrownDumfriesLab (minister)aye
Richard BurdenBirmingham, NorthfieldLabaye
Mr Jamie CannIpswichLabaye
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabaye
Ann ClwydCynon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Mr Tony ColmanPutneyLabaye
Yvette CooperPontefract and CastlefordLab (minister)aye
Mrs Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)aye
Mr Ron DaviesCaerphillyLab (minister)aye
Andrew DismoreHendonLabaye
Brian H DonohoeCunninghame SouthLab (minister)aye
Ms Julia DrownSouth SwindonLabaye
Jeff EnnisBarnsley East and MexboroughLabaye
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabaye
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLabaye
Bruce GeorgeWalsall SouthLabaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Ms Jane GriffithsReading EastLabaye
John HealeyWentworthLab (minister)aye
John HeppellNottingham EastLabaye
Margaret HodgeBarkingLab (minister)aye
Phil HopeCorbyLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabaye
Brian JenkinsTamworthLabaye
Miss Melanie JohnsonWelwyn HatfieldLabaye
Ms Jenny JonesWolverhampton South WestLabaye
Piara S KhabraEaling, SouthallLabaye
Ms Tess KinghamGloucesterLabaye
Ken LivingstoneBrent Eastwhilst Labaye
Mr David LockWyre ForestLabaye
Judy MallaberAmber ValleyLabaye
Mr John MaxtonGlasgow CathcartLab (minister)aye
John McAllionDundee EastLabaye
Steve McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLab (minister)aye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Mr Tony McWalterHemel HempsteadLabaye
Gillian MerronLincolnLabaye
Mr Bill MichieSheffield, HeeleyLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabaye
Mr Martin O'NeillOchilLab (minister)aye
Mrs Diana OrganForest of DeanLabaye
James PlaskittWarwick and LeamingtonLabaye
Mr Raymond PowellOgmoreLabaye
Bill RammellHarlowLabaye
Martin SalterReading WestLabaye
Mr Phil SawfordKetteringLabaye
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
Mr Robert SheldonAshton-under-LyneLab (minister)aye
Ms Debra ShipleyStourbridgeLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Mr Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLab (minister)aye
Mr Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabaye
Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLabaye
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)aye
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLabaye
Ms Audrey WisePrestonLabaye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLab (minister)aye
Phil WoolasOldham East and SaddleworthLabaye
Norman BakerLewesLDem (front bench)aye
Menzies CampbellNorth East FifeLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Donald GorrieEdinburgh WestLDemaye
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDemaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemaye
Bob RussellColchesterLDemaye
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)aye
Dr Jenny TongeRichmond ParkLDem (front bench)tellaye
Mr Ieuan Wyn JonesYnys MônPCno

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