Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill — 5 Mar 2008 at 19:00

was absent

moved Amendment No. 144B:

After Clause 129, insert the following new Clause-
"Blasphemy and blasphemous libel
(1) The offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel under the common law of England and Wales are abolished.
(2) In section 1 of the Criminal Libel Act 1819 (60 Geo. 3 & 1 Geo. 4 c. 8) (orders for seizure of copies of blasphemous or seditious libel) the words "any blasphemous libel, or" are omitted.
(3) In sections 3 and 4 of the Law of Libel Amendment Act 1888 (c. 64) (privileged matters) the words "blasphemous or" are omitted.
(4) Subsections (2) and (3) (and the related repeals in Schedule 38) extend to England and Wales only."

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 144B) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 148; Not-Contents, 87.

Debate in Parliament | Source |

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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Bishop2 320.0%
Con7 57 (+2 tell)32.0%
Crossbench20 1518.7%
Independent Labour1 0100.0%
Lab88 (+2 tell) 442.7%
LDem28 338.8%
UKIP0 150.0%
UUP0 266.7%
Total:146 8532.5%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords 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 lord who could have voted in this division

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The of DurhamBishopaye
The of PortsmouthBishopaye
Colwyn Conaye
Flather Conaye
Hodgson of Astley AbbottsConaye
Jopling Conaye
Norton of LouthConaye
The of OnslowConaye
Patten of BarnesConaye
Armstrong of IlminsterCrossbenchno
Bridges Crossbenchno
Chorley Crossbenchno
Dear Crossbenchno
Finlay of LlandaffCrossbenchno
Greenway Crossbenchno
Howarth of BrecklandCrossbenchno
Monson Crossbenchno
Neill of BladenCrossbenchno
O'Neill of BengarveCrossbenchno
Rowe-Beddoe Crossbenchno
Saltoun of AbernethyCrossbenchno
Skidelsky Crossbenchno
Walpole Crossbenchno
Warnock Crossbenchno
Clarke of HampsteadLabno
Davies of CoityLabno
Kirkhill Labno
Pendry Labno
Chidgey LDemno
The of Mar and KellieLDem (front bench)no
Steel of AikwoodLDemno

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