Election of Speaker — 23 Oct 2000
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (Aye).
I beg to move, as an amendment to the Question, to leave out "Mr. Michael J. Martin" and insert instead thereof "Mr. Nicholas Winterton".
We all know my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton). More important, the country knows him as a man of courage and integrity. When I take schoolchildren around the House and we go to the Queen's Robing room, I point out that two frescoes are missing. Two of King Arthur's knightly virtues are not portrayed on the walls. I jokingly say to the constituents that it is no surprise because they are the two virtues that are the rarest among politicians--fidelity and courage.
You choose a member indeed, but when you have chosen him, he is not member of Bristol but he is a Member of Parliament.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Question put , That the amendment be made:--
The House divided: Ayes 116, Noes 340.
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||2||100 (+1 tell)||0||64.4%|
|Lab||298 (+2 tell)||7 (+1 tell)||0||74.4%|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con (front bench)||no|
|John Stanley||Tonbridge and Malling||Con (front bench)||no|
|Ms Helen Clark||Peterborough||Lab||aye|
|Mr Tam Dalyell||Linlithgow||Lab||aye|
|David Drew||Stroud||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Ms Jane Griffiths||Reading East||Lab||aye|
|Austin Mitchell||Great Grimsby||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Steve Pound||Ealing North||Lab (minister)||tellaye|
|Mr Jeff Rooker||Birmingham, Perry Barr||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Paddy Tipping||Sherwood||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Mr David Rendel||Newbury||LDem||aye|
|Mr Dafydd Wigley||Caernarfon||PC||aye|