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

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