Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Bill — 12 May 2003 at 21:55
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
This Bill provides for deferment of the elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly that were due to be held on 29 May. I very much regret having to introduce the Bill. I should have much preferred to present an order for the restoration of devolved Government. Elections should be deferred only for the most compelling reasons. However, I am clear that, in presenting the Bill, the Government are doing what is most likely to sustain the Good Friday agreement and a political process that will bring nearer the day when we shall be able to restore the devolved institutions.
It being Ten o'clock, Mr. Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Order [this day], put forthwith the Question, That the Bill be read a Second time:-
The House divided: Ayes 290, Noes 22.
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|DUP||0||4 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|
|Lab||287 (+2 tell)||2||0||71.0%|
|UUP||0||2 (+1 tell)||0||50.0%|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Mr Kevin McNamara||Kingston upon Hull North||Lab||no|
|Dr Brian Mawhinney||North West Cambridgeshire||Con||aye|