Public emergency threatening the life of the nation — approved — 21 Nov 2001 at 22:47

The majority of MPs voted to approve a derogation order[1] from Article 5(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to be brought before a court following arrest, and the right to liberty unless convicted) as was outlined in the Human Rights Act 1998.[2]

This was a "deferred division" - the debate over it took place two days earlier.[3]

This measure was justified by there being a public emergency threatening the life of the nation within the meaning of Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights (time of war) owing to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States of America.

The purpose of this state of emergency was to legalize the measures in Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the detention of suspected foreign terrorist suspects indefinitely without charge.[4] The state of emergency was only lifted in April 2005[5] following a judgment in the House of Lords.[6]

An opinion expressed by the Council of Europe, which oversees the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, was not impressed by the legislation or its justification.[7]

Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con2 303.0%
DUP4 0080.0%
Lab322 15082.2%
LDem0 47090.4%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP3 0050.0%
Total:331 74062.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

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
Mr Ian TaylorEsher and WaltonConaye
Mr Teddy TaylorRochford and Southend EastConaye
Miss Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabno
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Mr Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Mrs Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabno
Mr Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Mr Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Dr Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Mr Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabno
Mr Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
Mr John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Mr Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabno
Mr Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabno
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabno
Mr Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Mr Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno

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