Political Parties Funding — Reform rejected — 4 Dec 2007 at 18:48

Hugo Swire MP, East Devon voted in the minority (Aye).

The majority voted against the motion:[1]

  • This House
  • notes with concern the corrosion of public trust in democracy following the recent succession of scandals over the funding of the governing political party;
  • regrets that a comprehensive package of proposals to reform electoral law was not achieved by the inter-party talks owing to the refusal of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Labour representative, Mr Peter Watt, to accept a comprehensive cap on donations;
  • observes the unhealthy increase in back-door state funding through the £6 million of funds allocated to special advisers and the funding of over 3,000 press and communications officers across Whitehall and its quangos;
  • asserts that the Communications Allowance[2][3] is an unhealthy extension of taxpayer funding for party propaganda that advantages the governing party; and
  • calls for a comprehensive package of reforms to restore public trust and to support a vibrant local democracy and voluntary activism, which must include an across-the-board cap and annually a genuine individual choice for union members on whether they wish to donate to their favoured political party.

An alternative motion was passed in by the next vote.[4]

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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
Con0 150 (+2 tell)078.4%
DUP0 3033.3%
Ind1 0025.0%
Lab297 (+2 tell) 0084.9%
LDem42 1068.3%
PC0 1033.3%
SDLP1 0033.3%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:341 160079.7%

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 PughSouthportLDem (front bench)aye

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