City of London (Ward Elections) Bill (By Order) — 24 Feb 1999

Mr David Amess MP, Southend West voted with the majority (Teller for the Ayes).

Order for Second Reading read.

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Many things in the City of London have a very long history. The local electoral system dealt with in the Bill is certainly one of them. In recent times, the shortcomings of the system have been the subject of some criticism--shortcomings that have been recognised by the City corporation itself.

Dealing with those shortcomings legislatively has, however, been less straightforward, but it is what the corporation seeks to do in the measure. It does so in the context that none of the political parties now has a policy of abolishing the corporation, so the issue is one of reform and of how the City's various interests may be more evenly represented.

Although the Bill is corrective in nature, it would be quite wrong to infer that local government in the City has failed to work. The reverse is the case. The common council, which discharges the local authority functions in the City, is widely credited for its innovative activities. Indeed, one of the foundations of the success of the City as the leading international financial centre is the support that is given by its own dedicated local authority, to which the present Prime Minister testified in a lecture in the City in September 1996.

The corporation's support for democratic rights also has a long history. This speech is not the occasion for that trawl through history, but it is perhaps worth recalling that the passage of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 through the House followed strident petitions to Parliament from the City civic urging those reforms.

The last royal commission on London local government, which sat for three years between 1957 and 1960--perhaps I should declare an interest and say that it

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was appointed by my father--recognised the distinct nature of local government in the City, and recommended its retention.

That was 110 years ago--the man who asked the question was my grandfather. Alas, I did not know him--he died before I was born. However, he would turn in his grave if I did not speak on the matter to which he devoted his life.

Question, That the Question be now put, put and agreed to.

Question put accordingly, That the Bill be now read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 198, Noes 91.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con74 (+2 tell) 0046.9%
Ind0 10100.0%
Ind Lab1 00100.0%
Lab94 85 (+2 tell)143.6%
LDem25 2058.7%
PC1 0025.0%
UUP2 2040.0%
Total:197 90145.6%

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
Mrs Irene AdamsPaisley NorthLabno
Mr Joe AshtonBassetlawLabno
Ms Charlotte AtkinsStaffordshire MoorlandsLabno
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Mr Kevin BarronRother ValleyLabno
Mr Tony BennChesterfieldLabno
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Mr Gerry BerminghamSt Helens SouthLabno
Dr Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
Mr Harold BestLeeds North WestLabno
Mr Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabno
Ms Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLabno
Mrs Christine ButlerCastle PointLabno
Mr Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Mr Jamie CannIpswichLabno
Mr Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabno
Dr David ClarkSouth ShieldsLabno
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabno
Mr Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Mr Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabno
Mr Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLabno
Mr Frank CookStockton NorthLabno
Mr Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Mr David CrausbyBolton North EastLabno
Mrs Ann CryerKeighleyLabno
Mr John CryerHornchurchLabtellno
Mr John CummingsEasingtonLabno
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Mr Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLabno
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabno
Mrs Janet DeanBurtonLabno
Mr Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabno
Mrs Maria FyfeGlasgow MaryhillLabno
Mr George GallowayGlasgow KelvinLabno
Mr Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Dr Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabno
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabno
Mrs Llin GoldingNewcastle-under-LymeLabno
Mr John HeppellNottingham EastLabno
Mr Jimmy HoodClydesdaleLabno
Mr Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Mr Alan HurstBraintreeLabno
Dr Brian IddonBolton South EastLabno
Mr Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabno
Dr Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Mr Fraser KempHoughton and Washington EastLabno
Mr David KidneyStaffordLabno
Mr Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLabno
Mr David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabno
Mr Tom LevittHigh PeakLabno
Mr Martin LintonBatterseaLabno
Mr Andrew LoveEdmontonLabno
Mr Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabno
Mr Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLabno
Mr David MarshallGlasgow ShettlestonLabno
Mr Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
Mr John MaxtonGlasgow CathcartLabno
Mr John McAllionDundee EastLabno
Mr John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Mr John McWilliamBlaydonLabno
Mr Bill MichieSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Mr Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabno
Dr Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabno
Mr Colin PickthallWest LancashireLabno
Mr Peter PikeBurnleyLabno
Mr Stephen PoundEaling NorthLabtellno
Mr Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Mr Martin SalterReading WestLabno
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabno
Mr Jonathan R ShawChatham and AylesfordLabno
Mr Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabno
Mr Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Mr Marsha SinghBradford WestLabno
Mr Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Mr Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabno
Mr George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabno
Mr Ian StewartEcclesLabno
Mr Paul StinchcombeWellingboroughLabno
Mr David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Ms Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Mr Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Mr Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLabno
Dr Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabno
Mr David WinnickWalsall NorthLabno
Mr Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Mr Jimmy WrayGlasgow BailliestonLabno
Mr Anthony D WrightGreat YarmouthLabno
Mr David HinchliffeWakefieldLabboth
Mr Richard AllanSheffield, HallamLDemno
Mr David HeathSomerton and FromeLDemno

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