Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Fertility treatment requires male role model — rejected — 20 May 2008 at 18:30

Iain Wright MP, Hartlepool voted with the majority (No).

The majority of MPs voted against requiring a father or male role model to be part of what the law interprets as "supporting parenting" for a child who is born as a result of fertility treatment.

The current text in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 says:[1]

  • A woman shall not be provided with treatment services unless account has been taken of the welfare of any child who may be born as a result of the treatment (including the need of that child for a father), and of any other child who may be affected by the birth.

The new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill under discussion will substitute "a father" for "supportive parenting".[2]

The vote, which was lost, would have instead changed "a father" to "supportive parenting and a father or male role model".[3]

A previous vote to change "a father" to "a father and a mother" instead of "supportive parenting" was also lost.[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
Con13 143 (+1 tell)081.8%
DUP0 6066.7%
Ind2 2080.0%
Ind Lab0 10100.0%
Lab233 (+2 tell) 51 (+1 tell)081.8%
LDem36 13077.8%
PC1 1066.7%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP5 10100.0%
UUP0 10100.0%
Total:290 222081.4%

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 BaronBillericayConno
John BercowBuckinghamwhilst Conno
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConno
Justine GreeningPutneyConno
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConno
Eleanor LaingEpping ForestConno
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetConno
Francis MaudeHorshamConno
George OsborneTattonConno
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareConno
David TredinnickBosworthConno
Andrew TyrieChichesterConno
Edward VaizeyWantageConno
John BattleLeeds WestLabaye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLabaye
Joe BentonBootleLabaye
David BlunkettSheffield, BrightsideLabaye
Andy BurnhamLeighLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabaye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLabaye
Tony CunninghamWorkingtonLabaye
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLabaye
Quentin DaviesGrantham and Stamfordwhilst Labaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Paul GogginsWythenshawe and Sale EastLabaye
John GroganSelbyLabaye
Patrick HallBedfordLabaye
David HamiltonMidlothianLabaye
Tom HarrisGlasgow SouthLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLabaye
Huw Irranca-DaviesOgmoreLabaye
Ruth KellyBolton WestLabaye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLabaye
Thomas McAvoyRutherglen and Hamilton WestLabaye
John McFallWest DunbartonshireLabaye
Jim McGovernDundee WestLabaye
Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLabaye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLabaye
Andy ReedLoughboroughLabaye
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLabaye
Marsha SinghBradford WestLabaye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabaye
Anne SnelgroveSouth SwindonLabaye
John SpellarWarleyLabaye
Ian StewartEcclesLabaye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabtellaye
Paddy TippingSherwoodLabaye
Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Paul TruswellPudseyLabaye
Derek TwiggHaltonLabaye
Keith VazLeicester EastLabaye
Claire WardWatfordLabaye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Danny AlexanderInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyLDemaye
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDemaye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDemaye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemaye
Mark HunterCheadleLDemaye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemaye
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDemaye
Paul RowenRochdaleLDemaye
Bob RussellColchesterLDemaye
Matthew TaylorTruro and St AustellLDemaye
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDemaye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDemaye
Jennifer WillottCardiff CentralLDemaye
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNPaye

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