Election of Speaker — 23 Oct 2000

Sitting suspended.

On resuming--

I beg to move, as an amendment to the Question, to leave out "Mr. Michael J. Martin" and insert instead thereof "Dr. David Clark".

I begin my remarks by making it clear that I add my voice to those who have expressed concerns about the way in which this election is taking place. That is in no way a criticism of you, Sir Edward, or the decision that you took. You have carried out your task so far with dignity, efficiency and fairness. However, in a modern democracy it is absurd that we should elect the Speaker of our legislature in such an arcane manner. We are elected by secret ballot; we should elect our Speaker in the same way. My right hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) has made it clear that if elected as the new Speaker, he will ask the Procedure Committee to consider the matter urgently and produce a more efficient and fairer way in which to elect someone for this important post.

Question put, That the amendment be made:--

The House divided: Ayes 192, Noes 296.

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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
Con43 26043.1%
DUP1 0033.3%
Independent1 20100.0%
Independent Labour1 00100.0%
Lab193 (+2 tell) 131 (+2 tell)079.2%
LDem14 27087.2%
PC1 30100.0%
SNP3 2083.3%
UUP0 1011.1%
Total:257 192070.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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
Sir John MorrisAberavonLabaye
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabaye
Mr Robert SheldonAshton-under-LyneLab (minister)aye
Angela SmithBasildonLabaye
Martin LintonBatterseaLabaye
Ms Oona KingBethnal Green and BowLab (minister)aye
Mr James CranBeverley and HoldernessConaye
Mr Robin CorbettBirmingham, ErdingtonLab (minister)aye
Mr Terry DavisBirmingham, Hodge HillLabaye
Richard BurdenBirmingham, NorthfieldLabaye
Mr Jeff RookerBirmingham, Perry BarrLab (minister)aye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Mr Derek FosterBishop AucklandLab (minister)aye
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)aye
Mr Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabaye
Brian IddonBolton South EastLabaye
Ruth KellyBolton WestLabaye
John ButterfillBournemouth WestConaye
Mr Richard LivseyBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)no
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Win GriffithsBridgendLabaye
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLabaye
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabaye
Mrs Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLabaye
Mr Peter PikeBurnleyLabaye
David ChaytorBury NorthLabaye
Mr Ron DaviesCaerphillyLabaye
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabaye
Mr Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabaye
Julie MorganCardiff NorthLabaye
Eric MartlewCarlisleLabaye
Nick AingerCarmarthen West and South PembrokeshireLabaye
Mr George FoulkesCarrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Simon ThomasCeredigionPCno
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)aye
Sir Sydney ChapmanChipping BarnetConaye
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabaye
Mr Tony WorthingtonClydebank and MilngavieLabaye
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)no
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabaye
Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLabaye
Margaret BeckettDerby SouthLab (minister)aye
Mrs Ann TaylorDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Rachel SquireDunfermline WestLabaye
Mr Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLab (minister)aye
John CummingsEasingtonLabaye
John Home RobertsonEast LothianLabaye
Dr Lynda ClarkEdinburgh PentlandsLab (minister)aye
Andrew MillerEllesmere Port and NestonLabaye
Sir Archie HamiltonEpsom and EwellCon (front bench)aye
Liz BlackmanErewashLabaye
Ian TaylorEsher and WaltonConaye
Ben BradshawExeterLab (minister)aye
Sir Peter LloydFarehamConaye
Alasdair MorganGalloway and Upper NithsdaleSNPaye
Mr John MaxtonGlasgow CathcartLab (minister)aye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)aye
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)aye
Quentin DaviesGrantham and StamfordConaye
Mr Chris PondGraveshamLabaye
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLab (minister)aye
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabaye
Mr Nick St AubynGuildfordConaye
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLab (minister)aye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenCon (front bench)aye
Bill RammellHarlowLabaye
Phil WillisHarrogate and KnaresboroughLDem (front bench)no
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLab (minister)aye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDem (front bench)no
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemno
Mr Bowen WellsHertford and StortfordConaye
James ClappisonHertsmereCon (front bench)aye
Peter LilleyHitchin and HarpendenConaye
Mr Ivor CaplinHoveLabaye
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLab (minister)aye
Mr John MajorHuntingdonConaye
Mike GapesIlford SouthLab (minister)aye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Mr Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLab (minister)aye
Ann CryerKeighleyLabaye
Mr Michael PortilloKensington and ChelseaConaye
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)no
Roger BerryKingswoodLabaye
Dr Lewis MoonieKirkcaldyLab (minister)aye
Edward O'HaraKnowsley SouthLabaye
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabtellaye
Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLabaye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabaye
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabaye
Andy ReedLoughboroughLabaye
Margaret MoranLuton SouthLabaye
Tony LloydManchester CentralLabaye
Graham StringerManchester, BlackleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Keith BradleyManchester, WithingtonLab (minister)aye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabaye
Mr Huw EdwardsMonmouthLabaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemno
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabaye
Nick BrownNewcastle upon Tyne East and WallsendLab (minister)aye
Mrs Llin GoldingNewcastle-under-LymeLab (minister)aye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Robert WalterNorth DorsetConaye
Mr Giles RadiceNorth DurhamLab (minister)aye
James ArbuthnotNorth East HampshireCon (front bench)aye
Mr Brian WhiteNorth East Milton KeynesLabaye
Bernard JenkinNorth EssexCon (front bench)aye
Mr David PriorNorth NorfolkCon (front bench)aye
Stephen ByersNorth TynesideLab (minister)aye
Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLab (minister)aye
Dr George TurnerNorth West NorfolkLabaye
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabaye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDem (front bench)no
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLab (minister)aye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Mr Martin O'NeillOchilLab (minister)aye
Jim WallaceOrkney and ShetlandLDemno
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Roseanna CunninghamPerthSNPaye
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Mr David JamiesonPlymouth, DevonportLab (minister)aye
Linda GilroyPlymouth, SuttonLabaye
Yvette CooperPontefract and CastlefordLab (minister)aye
Mike HancockPortsmouth SouthLDem (front bench)no
Ms Jane GriffithsReading EastLabaye
Martin SalterReading WestLabaye
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabaye
John GreenwayRyedaleConaye
Robert KeySalisburyConaye
Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLab (minister)aye
John GroganSelbyLabaye
Clive BettsSheffield, AttercliffeLab (minister)aye
David BlunkettSheffield, BrightsideLab (minister)aye
Mrs Helen JacksonSheffield, HillsboroughLabaye
Mr Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and AtchamLabaye
Derek WyattSittingbourne and SheppeyLabaye
Mr John TaylorSolihullConaye
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLabaye
Mr Ian BruceSouth DorsetConaye
David BorrowSouth RibbleLabaye
Dr David ClarkSouth ShieldsLabaye
Ms Julia DrownSouth SwindonLabaye
John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLab (minister)aye
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabaye
Mr Ronnie FearnSouthportLDem (front bench)no
Charlotte AtkinsStaffordshire MoorlandsLabaye
Dari TaylorStockton SouthLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)aye
Ms Debra ShipleyStourbridgeLabaye
John MaplesStratford-on-AvonConaye
Sam GalbraithStrathkelvin and BearsdenLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLab (minister)aye
Mr Donald AndersonSwansea EastLab (minister)aye
Mr Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabaye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLab (minister)aye
Anthony SteenTotnesConaye
Michael MooreTweeddale, Ettrick and LauderdaleLDem (front bench)no
Vincent CableTwickenhamLDem (front bench)no
David ClellandTyne BridgeLab (minister)aye
Alan CampbellTynemouthLab (minister)aye
Mr Keith DarvillUpminsterLabaye
John SmithVale of GlamorganLabaye
Bruce GeorgeWalsall SouthLabaye
Helen SouthworthWarrington SouthLabaye
Mr Paul StinchcombeWellingboroughLabaye
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireCon (front bench)aye
Mr Brian CotterWeston-Super-MareLDem (front bench)no
Neil TurnerWiganLabaye
Ms Jenny JonesWolverhampton South WestLabaye
Michael FosterWorcesterLabaye
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabtellaye
Mr David LockWyre ForestLab (minister)aye

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