Iraq — Declaration of War — 18 Mar 2003 at 22:00

Mr John Cryer MP, Hornchurch voted against a motion stating the Government should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Support for the motion by the majority of MPs led to the UK joining the US invasion of Iraq two days later.

The motion voted through by a majority of MPs agreed that the Government "should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction".[1]

This resulted in the United Kingdom joining the United States led invasion of Iraq two days later.[2]

A proposed change to this motion saying that This House "believes that the case for war against Iraq has not yet been established" had just been voted down.[3] A number of MPs voted in one and not the other, or voted inconsistently.[4] Earlier in the year, during the build-up to war, there had been three other votes in favour of the Government policy.[5]

The (unusually long - please scroll down for votes) motion itself read:[6]

  • This House
  • notes its decisions of 25th November 2002[7] and 26th February 2003[8] to endorse UN Security Council Resolution 1441;[9]
  • recognises that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and its continuing non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions, pose a threat to international peace and security;
  • notes that in the 130 days since Resolution 1441 was adopted Iraq has not co-operated actively, unconditionally and immediately with the weapons inspectors, and has rejected the final opportunity to comply and is in further material breach of its obligations under successive mandatory UN Security Council Resolutions;
  • regrets that despite sustained diplomatic effort by Her Majesty's Government it has not proved possible to secure a second Resolution in the UN because one Permanent Member of the Security Council made plain in public its intention to use its veto whatever the circumstances;
  • notes the opinion of the Attorney General that, Iraq having failed to comply and Iraq being at the time of Resolution 1441 and continuing to be in material breach, the authority to use force under Resolution 678[10] has revived and so continues today;
  • believes that the United Kingdom must uphold the authority of the United Nations as set out in Resolution 1441 and many Resolutions preceding it, and therefore supports the decision of Her Majesty's Government that the United Kingdom should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction;
  • offers wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces now on duty in the Middle East;
  • in the event of military operations requires that, on an urgent basis, the United Kingdom should seek a new Security Council Resolution that would affirm Iraq's territorial integrity, ensure rapid delivery of humanitarian relief, allow for the earliest possible lifting of UN sanctions, an international reconstruction programme, and the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people and endorse an appropriate post-conflict administration for Iraq, leading to a representative government which upholds human rights and the rule of law for all Iraqis; and
  • also welcomes the imminent publication of the Quartet's roadmap[11] as a significant step to bringing a just and lasting peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and for the wider Middle East region, and endorses the role of Her Majesty's Government in actively working for peace between Israel and Palestine.

References:

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
Con146 2 (+1 tell)091.4%
DUP5 00100.0%
Ind0 10100.0%
Ind Con1 00100.0%
Lab254 (+2 tell) 84 (+1 tell)083.2%
LDem0 52098.1%
PC0 40100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP6 00100.0%
Total:412 149086.8%

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Mr Richard BaconSouth NorfolkConno
Mr Douglas HoggSleaford and North HykehamContellno
Mr John RandallUxbridgeConno
Miss Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabno
Mr Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabno
Mr John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabno
Mr Tony BanksWest HamLabno
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Mr John BattleLeeds WestLabno
Miss Anne BeggAberdeen SouthLabno
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabno
Dr Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
Mr Harold BestLeeds North WestLabno
Mr Bob BlizzardWaveneyLabno
Mr Keith BradleyManchester, WithingtonLabno
Mrs Anne CampbellCambridgeLabno
Mr Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Mr Martin CatonGowerLabno
Mr David ChaytorBury NorthLabno
Mr Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabno
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabno
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabno
Mr Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Mr Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLabno
Mr Robin CookLivingstonLabno
Mr Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Mr Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabno
Mr David CrausbyBolton North EastLabno
Mrs Ann CryerKeighleyLabno
Mr John CryerHornchurchLabno
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Mr Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLabno
Mr Terry DavisBirmingham, Hodge HillLabno
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabno
Mr John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLabno
Mr Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabno
Mr Clive EffordElthamLabno
Mr Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Mr Paul FlynnNewport WestLabno
Mr George GallowayGlasgow Kelvinwhilst Labno
Mr Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Mr John GroganSelbyLabno
Mr David HamiltonMidlothianLabno
Mr Doug HendersonNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLabno
Mr David HeyesAshton-under-LyneLabno
Mr David HinchliffeWakefieldLabno
Ms Kate HoeyVauxhallLabno
Mr Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Ms Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabno
Mr Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabno
Dr Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Mr Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabno
Mr Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLabno
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabno
Mr Tony LloydManchester CentralLabtellno
Mr Iain LukeDundee EastLabno
Mr John LyonsStrathkelvin and BearsdenLabno
Mrs Alice MahonHalifaxLabno
Dr Jim MarshallLeicester SouthLabno
Mr Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
Ms Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabno
Mr John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Ms Ann McKechinGlasgow MaryhillLabno
Mr Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabno
Ms Julie MorganCardiff NorthLabno
Ms Linda PerhamIlford NorthLabno
Mr Gordon PrenticePendleLabno
Mr Gwyn ProsserDoverLabno
Mr Mohammad SarwarGlasgow GovanLabno
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabno
Mr Phil SawfordKetteringLabno
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabno
Mr Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Mr Marsha SinghBradford WestLabno
Mr Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLabno
Mr Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabno
Mr George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabno
Dr Gavin StrangEdinburgh East and MusselburghLabno
Mr Graham StringerManchester, BlackleyLabno
Mr David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Mr Jon TrickettHemsworthLabno
Dr Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLabno
Dr Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabno
Ms Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Mr Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Mrs Betty WilliamsConwyLabno
Mr Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Mr Tony WorthingtonClydebank and MilngavieLabno

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