Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — That the Question now be proposed — 18 May 2007 at 10:15
The majority of MPs voted in favour of formally considering amendments to the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill designed to remove Parliament and MPs from the power of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Specifically, the sponsor of the Bill moved "that the Question now be put" (the Question being whether any amendments to this Bill be made). Normally this is a quick formality, but the opponents of the Bill, who knew that there was a majority of MPs in favour of this Bill, were trying to slow down the process so it would run out of time (as they succeeded in doing previously).
During a filibuster, every Parliamentary procedure is available to slow things down, so the day began with the deposition of a large number of petitions which some members thought were somewhat suspicious.
-  David MacLean MP, House of Commons, 18 May 2007
-  Lords to shame MPs over secrecy bill, The Guardian, 20 May 2007
-  Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill debate, House of Commons, 20 April 2007
-  Petitions, House of Commons, 18 May 2007
-  Andrew Dismore MP, House of Commons, 18 May 2007
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||26 (+1 tell)||3||0||15.3%|
|Lab||87 (+1 tell)||9||0||27.6%|
|LDem||0||14 (+2 tell)||0||25.4%|
|James Clappison||Hertsmere||Con (front bench)||no|
|Richard Shepherd||Aldridge-Brownhills||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Jim Cousins||Newcastle upon Tyne Central||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mark Fisher||Stoke-on-Trent Central||Lab||no|
|Glenda Jackson||Hampstead and Highgate||Lab||no|
|Martin Linton||Battersea||Lab (minister)||no|
|Fiona Mactaggart||Slough||Lab (minister)||no|
|Barry Sheerman||Huddersfield||Lab (minister)||no|
|Peter Soulsby||Leicester South||Lab (minister)||no|
|David Winnick||Walsall North||Lab (minister)||no|