Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill — Abolish the offense of Blasphemy — rejected — 7 Feb 2005 at 18:05
The majority of MPs voted to retain the offence of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in British law.
They did this by voting against inserting a new clause into the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, which said:
- The offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel are abolished.
During the debate it was asserted that all votes in this issue are free for members of the Conservative Party.
-  Evan Harris MP, House of Commons, 7 February 2005
-  Dominic Grieve MP, House of Commons, 7 February 2005
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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|
|Con||68||20 (+1 tell)||0||55.3%|
|Lab||262 (+2 tell)||34||1||73.3%|
|LDem||1||24 (+1 tell)||0||47.3%|