Post Office Closures — Suspend for issues to be re-assessed — rejected — 19 Mar 2008 at 18:45
The majority of MPs voted to reject the motion put forward by the Conservative Party:
- This House -
- regrets the proposal to close up to 2,500 post offices;
- recognises the vital role post offices play in local communities;
- notes the concern and unpopularity amongst the general public of closing such a large portion of the network;
- has concerns that the access criteria laid down for the closures consultation do not adequately take into account local geographical factors and public transport networks;
- is concerned that the consultation period is only for six weeks rather than three months, as recommended by Cabinet Office guidelines;
- believes that post offices must move with the times in the services they offer and that options for business expansion and developing business opportunities with local authorities should be explored further; and
- calls upon the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to instruct Post Office Limited to suspend the compulsory closure of sub-post offices while these issues are re-assessed.
An alternative motion was proposed and voted through in the following vote.
Half of the rebels were absent in the second vote, which included two loyal Labour voters, Ian Cawsey and Julie Morgan, who did not appear in this first division. The BBC listed only those who voted against the Government.
-  Alan Duncan MP, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
-  Post Office Closures - Commends the Government's action, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
-  Comparison of Division 131 to 132, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
-  Post vote slashes Labour majority, BBC News, 19 March 2008.
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||175 (+2 tell)||0||92.2%|
|Lab||288 (+2 tell)||19||0||87.8%|
|Diane Abbott||Hackney North and Stoke Newington||Lab||aye|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||aye|
|Paul Flynn||Newport West||Lab||aye|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab||aye|
|John McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||aye|
|Alan Simpson||Nottingham South||Lab||aye|
|Geraldine Smith||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Lab||aye|
|Peter Soulsby||Leicester South||Lab||aye|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab||aye|
|Mike Wood||Batley and Spen||Lab||aye|