Disqualifications Bill — 25 Jan 2000
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset did not vote.
I beg to move amendment No. 6, page 1, line 9, at end add--
'(3) At the end insert "is a Minister in the government of any country or territory outside the United Kingdom; or"'.
It is that consent that we are concerned with because we see signs that we shall be undermined by people coming in through the loophole that is left in the Bill, which the amendment seeks to close. I presume that people such as Austin Currie, who has already been mentioned, could stand for election. He has been a prominent member of the Dublin political establishment for many years. He is not friendly to the Unionist position, and we fear that a chap like him could get elected and be in a position to undermine Northern Ireland's position in the United Kingdom.
Question put, That the amendment be made:--
The Committee divided: Ayes 25, Noes 224.
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|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||20 (+1 tell)||0||13.0%|
|Lab||223 (+2 tell)||0||0||54.0%|
|UUP||0||4 (+1 tell)||0||50.0%|