Police and Justice Bill — Repeals of amendments — 24 Oct 2006 at 18:15

Nick Herbert MP, Arundel and South Downs voted in the minority (No).

The Majority of MPs rejected a Lords amendment that would have allowed for an independent judge to rule on whether a defendant should be tried in Britain instead of being extradited. This would have been implemented by the inclusion of paragraph 81 (here) to Schedule 14 of the Police and Justice Bill (here) which, in turn, would have amended the conditions of the Extradition Act 2003.

In spite of the fact that the 2003 Extradition Treaty had now been ratified by the United States and there was now a greater degree of reciprocity in extradition proceedings, the Minority of MPs still argued that the proceedings were not reciprocal. The Treaty would not come into full effect until 26th April 2007 (see here) and there was still therefore an opportunity to make amendments.

Charter barrister Ben Cooper writes in the London Advocate, Number 42, September 2007 that:

The Criminal Bar Association, in conjunction with Justice, Liberty and the CBI, lobbied Parliament in November 2006 to introduce a forum amendment to the Extradition Act. However, despite a Lords' majority in favour, the government resisted its introduction. The amendment would have permitted an independent judge to decide the appropriate forum for trial where a case could be tried in either the US or the UK. This would have helped the CPS out of the difficulty that they face in acting for the USA while simultaneously considering the merits of a domestic prosecution.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con0 183 (+2 tell)094.4%
Ind0 1050.0%
Ind Lab0 10100.0%
Lab309 (+2 tell) 14192.6%
LDem0 62098.4%
PC0 30100.0%
Res0 10100.0%
SDLP2 0066.7%
SNP0 60100.0%
UUP1 00100.0%
Total:312 271193.6%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabno
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabno
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabno
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabno
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Keith VazLeicester EastLabno
Robert WareingLiverpool, West Derbywhilst Labno
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabboth

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