Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Prospects for life of handicapped child must be given before abortion — rejected — 20 May 2008 at 22:00

Stephen Dorrell MP, Charnwood voted with the majority (No).

The majority of MPs voted against adding a new paragraph to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill[1] which would have said:[2]

  • If tests of a foetus reveal that there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped, a registered medical practitioner or a suitably qualified health professional expeditiously shall provide the pregnant woman with
  • current, scientific information in a written form concerning the life expectancy of, the expected intellectual and functional development of, and the treatment options for a foetus diagnosed with, or a child born with, the physical or mental abnormalities identified as a risk by those tests.
  • contact details for, where available, supportive service providers, including telephone help lines specific to the physical or mental abnormalities identified as a risk by those tests, and
  • the offer of a suitable opportunity to receive relevant counselling and such other information as they deem proper.

Had this vote been won, it would have been illegal for a termination of pregnancy to take place without the information and offer been provided.

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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
Con37 86 (+1 tell)064.6%
DUP0 6066.7%
Ind4 10100.0%
Ind Lab1 00100.0%
Lab234 (+2 tell) 47 (+1 tell)080.9%
LDem28 27087.3%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP3 2083.3%
UUP0 10100.0%
Total:309 173076.7%

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
Tony BaldryBanburyConno
John BercowBuckinghamwhilst Conno
Paul BeresfordMole ValleyConno
Crispin BluntReigateConno
Geoffrey Clifton-BrownCotswoldConno
David CurrySkipton and RiponConno
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConno
Philip DunneLudlowConno
Edward GarnierHarboroughConno
Justine GreeningPutneyConno
David Heathcoat-AmoryWellsConno
Douglas HoggSleaford and North HykehamConno
Michael HowardFolkestone and HytheConno
Nick HurdRuislip - NorthwoodConno
Robert KeySalisburyConno
Julie KirkbrideBromsgroveConno
Greg KnightEast YorkshireConno
Jacqui LaitBeckenhamCon (front bench)no
Ian Liddell-GraingerBridgwaterConno
Andrew MacKayBracknellCon (front bench)no
John MaplesStratford-on-AvonConno
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkConno
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyConno
George OsborneTattonConno
Michael PenningHemel HempsteadConno
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareConno
Mark SimmondsBoston and SkegnessConno
John StanleyTonbridge and MallingConno
David TredinnickBosworthConno
Andrew TyrieChichesterConno
Edward VaizeyWantageConno
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireConno
Peter ViggersGosportConno
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetConno
Robert WalterNorth DorsetConno
Bill WigginLeominsterConno
George YoungNorth West HampshireConno
John BattleLeeds WestLabaye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Joe BentonBootleLabaye
Des BrowneKilmarnock and LoudounLab (minister)aye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLabaye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabaye
Michael ConnartyLinlithgow and East FalkirkLabaye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLabaye
John CummingsEasingtonLabaye
Tony CunninghamWorkingtonLabaye
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLab (PPS)tellaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLabaye
Paul GogginsWythenshawe and Sale EastLab (minister)aye
Meg HillierHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLabaye
Huw Irranca-DaviesOgmoreLabaye
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (PPS)aye
Ruth KellyBolton WestLab (minister)aye
Martin LintonBatterseaLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Shahid MalikDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLabaye
Thomas McAvoyRutherglen and Hamilton WestLab (minister)aye
John McFallWest DunbartonshireLabaye
Jim McGovernDundee WestLab (PPS)aye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabaye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLabaye
Mike O'BrienNorth WarwickshireLab (minister)aye
Albert OwenYnys MônLabaye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLab (PPS)aye
Stephen PoundEaling NorthLab (PPS)aye
Andy ReedLoughboroughLabaye
Jamie ReedCopelandLab (PPS)aye
John ReidAirdrie and ShottsLabaye
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLabaye
Marsha SinghBradford WestLabaye
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabaye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabaye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabaye
Paddy TippingSherwoodLabaye
Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Claire WardWatfordLab (minister)aye
Michael WillsNorth SwindonLab (minister)aye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Danny AlexanderInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyLDemaye
John BarrettEdinburgh WestLDem (front bench)aye
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDem (front bench)aye
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDemaye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDemaye
Lorely BurtSolihullLDemaye
Nicholas CleggSheffield, HallamLDemaye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDemaye
Sandra GidleyRomseyLDem (front bench)aye
Julia GoldsworthyFalmouth and CamborneLDem (front bench)aye
John HemmingBirmingham, YardleyLDemaye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemaye
Simon HughesNorth Southwark and BermondseyLDemaye
David LawsYeovilLDemaye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDemaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDem (front bench)aye
John PughSouthportLDemaye
Dan RogersonNorth CornwallLDemaye
Paul RowenRochdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Bob RussellColchesterLDemaye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDemaye
Sarah TeatherBrent EastLDemaye
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDemaye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDemaye
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDemaye
Jennifer WillottCardiff CentralLDemaye
Richard Younger-RossTeignbridgeLDem (front bench)aye
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNPaye
Michael WeirAngusSNPaye

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