Coalition Against International Terrorism — Deployment of UK Forces to Afghanistan — 1 Nov 2001 at 18:34

Mr Paul Marsden MP, Shrewsbury and Atcham voted in the minority (Teller for the Ayes).

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[1][2].

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[3]:

  • 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?

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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
Con85 0051.8%
Lab263 (+1 tell) 8 (+2 tell)066.8%
LDem24 0046.2%
PC0 (+1 tell) 30100.0%
SNP0 2040.0%
UUP1 0016.7%
Total:373 13060.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Miss Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Mr Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabaye
Mr George GallowayGlasgow Kelvinwhilst Labaye
Dr Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Mr Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and Atchamwhilst Labtellaye
Mr Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
Mr Kerry PollardSt AlbansLabtellaye
Mr Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Mr Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Mr Simon ThomasCeredigionPCtellno

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