Armed Forces Bill — Clause 8 — Desertion — Life imprisonment — 22 May 2006 at 18:00

Chris Grayling MP, Epsom and Ewell voted with the majority (No).

Those voting No rejected the change to Section 8 of the Armed Forces Bill which says:

A person guilty of [desertion] is liable to any punishment [available to Court Martial], and any sentence of imprisonment... [of up to] two years, *[or of life if he intends to avoid a "relevant service" or was under orders when he deserted]*.
by removing the words in bold which allows for life imprisonment to be imposed for desertion. The definition of "relevant service" is
"(a) actions or operations against an enemy; (b) operations outside the British Islands for the protection of life or property; or (c) military occupation of a foreign country or territory."
The other amendment discussed in the same debate, but not voted on, was to delete part (c).

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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
Con137 0070.3%
Lab265 (+2 tell) 15 (+2 tell)080.5%
LDem40 0063.5%
PC0 1033.3%
SNP0 3050.0%
Total:442 19075.0%

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
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
Katy ClarkNorth Ayrshire and ArranLabaye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabtellaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabtellaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Linda RiordanHalifaxLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
Robert WareingLiverpool, West Derbywhilst Labaye

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