Coalition Against International Terrorism — Deployment of UK Forces to Afghanistan — 1 Nov 2001 at 18:34
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted technically against adjourning the House of Commons, however given the context this has been interpreted as opposing deploying UK armed forces to Afghanistan.
The majority of MPs voted technically simply to adjourn the House of Commons, however this has been interpreted as support for the then Government's Coalition Against International Terrorism and support for deploying UK armed forces to Afghanistan.
All the other MPs tried to prevent those MPs opposed to the deployment of UK armed forces to Afghanistan from recording their votes by refusing to act as tellers during the voting procedure. This meant two of those MPs who were opposed to the deployment had to act as tellers in the No lobby and have their votes counted in the opposite way to the way they wished to vote.
Following the announcement of the result of the division this occurrence was raised, for the record, in a point of order:
- On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. For the record may we clarify the fact that all four Tellers in tonight's vote are opposed to the war and that it was a procedural issue that demarcated them as Tellers?
-  Jeremy Corbyn, House of Commons, 9th September 2010
-  Katy Clark, House of Commons, 9th September 2010
-  Mr John McDonnell, House of Commons, 1st November 2001
-  Order of Business Thursday 1 November 2001
-  The Wikipedia Article on Adjournment Debates
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|
|Lab||263 (+1 tell)||8 (+2 tell)||0||66.8%|
|PC||0 (+1 tell)||3||0||100.0%|
|Diane Abbott||Hackney North and Stoke Newington||Lab||aye|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||aye|
|Mr Tam Dalyell||Linlithgow||Lab||aye|
|George Galloway||Glasgow Kelvin||whilst Lab||aye|
|Lynne Jones||Birmingham, Selly Oak||Lab||aye|
|Mr Paul Marsden||Shrewsbury and Atcham||whilst Lab||tellaye|
|Mr Kerry Pollard||St Albans||Lab||tellaye|
|Alan Simpson||Nottingham South||Lab||aye|
|Mike Wood||Batley and Spen||Lab||aye|
|Mr Simon Thomas||Ceredigion||PC||tellno|