MPs' salaries — Increase with Public Sector Earnings Index — rejected — 3 Jul 2008 at 15:05

The majority of MPs voted against the motion:[1]

  • This House notes Sir John Baker's Review of Parliamentary Pay and Allowances (Cm 7416), and is of the opinion that the recommendations in the Review for the annual salary of a Member of this House to be increased by reference to a linkage to the Public Sector Average Earnings Index combined with regular reviews of the salary and the link should be implemented, such that--
  • from 1st April 2008 and from 1st April of each subsequent year a Member's salary should be increased by the percentage increase in the 3 month average Public Sector Average Earnings Index for January of that year relative to the figure for January of the previous year;
  • the SSRB should conduct a review of Members' salaries in the first year of each new Parliament unless such a review has taken place within the preceding two years;
  • an additional salary payable to a Member under Resolutions of this House in respect of service as a chairman of select or general committees should be changed by the same percentage and from the same time as the salary of a Member.

An alternative motion proposed which substituted highlighted section with:[2]

  • ... by an uprating formula which increases the salary by a percentage equal to the median of relevant increases for the following public sector groups:
  • senior military,
  • holders of judicial office,
  • very senior NHS managers,
  • doctors and dentists,
  • the Prison Service,
  • NHS staff,
  • school teachers,
  • the Armed Forces,
  • police officers,
  • Local Government;
  • non-Senior Civil Service staff in each of the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office; and
  • the Senior Civil Service;

A vote was called for this new motion, but since no Tellers were put forward, the Speaker declared that the Ayes had it without completing the vote.[3]

The reasoning behind using this cluster of values is given here.

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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
Con35 48043.2%
Independent1 1040.0%
Lab165 (+2 tell) 68067.1%
LDem14 21 (+2 tell)058.7%
SNP0 2033.3%
UKIP0 01100.0%
Total:215 140158.3%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDem (front bench)no
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsCon (front bench)no
David LidingtonAylesburyCon (front bench)no
Sandra OsborneAyr, Carrick and CumnockLab (minister)aye
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLab (minister)aye
Dominic GrieveBeaconsfieldCon (front bench)no
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLab (minister)aye
Khalid MahmoodBirmingham, Perry BarrLabaye
Joan HumbleBlackpool North and FleetwoodLab (minister)aye
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)aye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Brian IddonBolton South EastLab (minister)aye
Roger WilliamsBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)no
Dawn ButlerBrent SouthLab (minister)aye
Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLab (minister)aye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
David HowarthCambridgeLDem (front bench)no
Julian BrazierCanterburyCon (front bench)no
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLab (minister)aye
Nick AingerCarmarthen West and South PembrokeshireLab (minister)aye
Brian H DonohoeCentral AyrshireLab (minister)aye
Mark HunterCheadleLDem (front bench)no
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDem (front bench)no
Cheryl GillanChesham and AmershamCon (front bench)no
Paul HolmesChesterfieldLDem (front bench)no
Hugh BayleyCity of YorkLab (minister)aye
Martyn JonesClwyd SouthLab (minister)aye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Rosemary McKennaCumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastLab (minister)aye
Ann ClwydCynon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLab (minister)aye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLab (minister)aye
Jim McGovernDundee WestLab (minister)aye
Anne MoffatEast LothianLab (minister)aye
Christopher HuhneEastleighLDem (front bench)no
Gavin StrangEdinburgh EastLab (minister)aye
Nigel GriffithsEdinburgh SouthLab (minister)aye
Andrew MillerEllesmere Port and NestonLab (minister)aye
Colin BurgonElmetLabaye
Chris GraylingEpsom and EwellCon (front bench)no
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
Michael HowardFolkestone and HytheConno
John RobertsonGlasgow North WestLab (minister)aye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow South WestLab (minister)aye
Quentin DaviesGrantham and Stamfordwhilst Lab (front bench)aye
Anthony D WrightGreat YarmouthLab (minister)aye
Greg HandsHammersmith and FulhamCon (front bench)no
David WillettsHavantCon (front bench)no
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDemno
Tom LevittHigh PeakLab (minister)aye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabaye
Francis MaudeHorshamCon (front bench)no
Mike GapesIlford SouthLab (minister)aye
Don TouhigIslwynLab (minister)aye
Ann CryerKeighleyLab (minister)aye
Malcolm RifkindKensington and ChelseaConno
George HowarthKnowsley North and Sefton EastLab (minister)aye
Edward O'HaraKnowsley SouthLab (minister)aye
Jimmy HoodLanark and Hamilton EastLab (minister)aye
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
Keith VazLeicester EastLab (minister)aye
Jim DowdLewisham WestLab (minister)aye
Michael ConnartyLinlithgow and East FalkirkLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Philip DunneLudlowCon (front bench)no
Theresa MayMaidenheadCon (front bench)no
Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)aye
David HamiltonMidlothianLab (minister)aye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no
Paul FarrellyNewcastle-under-LymeLab (minister)aye
Kevan JonesNorth DurhamLab (minister)aye
Alistair BurtNorth East BedfordshireCon (front bench)no
Mark LancasterNorth East Milton KeynesCon (front bench)no
Norman LambNorth NorfolkLDem (front bench)no
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)no
Steve WebbNorthavonLDem (front bench)no
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabaye
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDem (front bench)no
Jim SheridanPaisley and Renfrewshire NorthLab (minister)aye
Gordon PrenticePendleLab (minister)aye
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)no
Mark FrancoisRayleighCon (front bench)no
William HagueRichmond (Yorks)Con (front bench)no
Susan KramerRichmond ParkLDem (front bench)no
Janet AndersonRossendale and DarwenLab (minister)aye
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)aye
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabaye
Philip HammondRunnymede and WeybridgeCon (front bench)no
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyCon (front bench)no
Michael FallonSevenoaksCon (front bench)no
Clive BettsSheffield, AttercliffeLab (minister)aye
Nick CleggSheffield, HallamLDem (front bench)no
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Andrew SelousSouth West BedfordshireCon (front bench)no
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabaye
Michael GoveSurrey HeathCon (front bench)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldCon (front bench)no
Brian JenkinsTamworthLab (minister)aye
George OsborneTattonCon (front bench)no
Vincent CableTwickenhamLDem (front bench)no
David ClellandTyne BridgeLab (minister)aye
John RandallUxbridgeCon (front bench)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Denis MurphyWansbeckLab (minister)aye
John SpellarWarleyLabaye
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (minister)aye
Mike HallWeaver ValeLab (minister)aye
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
John McFallWest DunbartonshireLab (minister)aye
Stephen HammondWimbledonCon (front bench)no
Ben ChapmanWirral SouthLab (minister)aye
David CameronWitneyCon (front bench)no
Ken PurchaseWolverhampton North EastLab (minister)aye
Liam FoxWoodspringCon (front bench)no

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