Political Parties and Elections Bill — Parliamentary candidates can keep their home addresses secret — 2 Mar 2009 at 21:00

Stuart Bell MP, Middlesbrough voted with the majority (Aye).

The majority of MPs voted, without any debate,[1] to add a new clause to the Political Parties and Elections Bill[2] that makes the following changes to the rules for running Parliamentary elections:[3]

  • In Rule 6 (Nomination of candidates), the candidate's home address shall no longer appear on the nomination paper, but instead on a separate sheet of paper that may also contain a statement that it should not be made public.
  • In Rule 11 (Right to attend nomination), the returning officer is no longer allowed to let anyone, except the other candidates, their election agent or their proposers, to see the page containing the home address.
  • In Rule 14 (Publication of statement of persons nominated), those candidates who have declared their addresses shall not be made public will only be listed with the constituency in which their home address is located.
  • New Rule 53A (Destruction of home address forms): the returning officer shall destroy each candidate's home address form three weeks after the election

Julian Lewis, the MP who sponsored this new clause, had earlier sponsored a change to the Freedom of Information Act to exempt the disclosure of MP's addresses, their travel plans, how much they spend on security, and the identities of people who deliver goods to them[4] for fear that "a self-taught follower of al-Qaeda... goes on the internet, conveniently finds 646 addresses and sends 646 packages containing something explosive, horrible or, at the very least, abusive to 646 unprotected mail boxes"[5] having already come to terms with the fact that "if someone who is targeting a particular MP and means to track him or her down in order to do him or her harm puts in enough effort, it will be possible to do so."[5]

In the aftermath of this vote there was such disquiet among some MPs about the apparent irregularities on how it had been handled to the extent that two further divisions were called on minor and consequential amendments.[6][7] Following this debate about the lack of a debate and appeals to the Chair to do something about it,[8] Julian Lewis put on record the fact that "although both the Government and the Opposition treated this free vote as a free vote, the Liberal Democrats whipped all their Members to vote one way."

Further reading

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 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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con66 (+1 tell) 25047.7%
Ind2 2066.7%
Lab160 (+1 tell) 97073.7%
LDem7 46 (+2 tell)087.3%
PC0 1033.3%
SNP0 6085.7%
Total:235 177066.9%

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
William CashStoneConno
Philip DaviesShipleyConno
James DuddridgeRochford and Southend EastConno
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConno
Justine GreeningPutneyConno
Douglas HoggSleaford and North HykehamConno
John HoramOrpingtonConno
Mark LancasterNorth East Milton KeynesConno
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireConno
Edward LeighGainsboroughConno
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetConno
Francis MaudeHorshamConno
Theresa MayMaidenheadConno
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireConno
Anne MiltonGuildfordConno
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConno
Owen PatersonNorth ShropshireConno
John RandallUxbridgeConno
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Andrew SelousSouth West BedfordshireConno
Nicholas SoamesMid SussexConno
Andrew TyrieChichesterConno
Ben WallaceLancaster and WyreConno
Nigel WatersonEastbourneCon (front bench)no
Angela WatkinsonUpminsterConno
David AndersonBlaydonLabno
Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLabno
Vera BairdRedcarLab (minister)no
Edward BallsNormantonLabno
Gordon BanksOchil and South PerthshireLabno
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLabno
Roger BerryKingswoodLabno
Ben BradshawExeterLabno
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLabno
Lyn BrownWest HamLabno
Des BrowneKilmarnock and LoudounLabno
Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLabno
Richard BurdenBirmingham, NorthfieldLabno
Andy BurnhamLeighLabno
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Martin CatonGowerLabno
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLabno
Colin ChallenMorley and RothwellLabno
Ann CoffeyStockportLabno
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLabno
Yvette CooperPontefract and CastlefordLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Mary CreaghWakefieldLabno
John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLabno
Frank DoranAberdeen NorthLabno
David DrewStroudLabno
Angela EagleWallaseyLabno
Maria EagleLiverpool, GarstonLabno
Natascha EngelNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabno
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLabno
Barbara FollettStevenageLab (minister)no
Michael FosterWorcesterLab (minister)no
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLabno
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLabno
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabno
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabno
John GroganSelbyLabno
Mike HallWeaver ValeLabno
David HansonDelynLabno
John HealeyWentworthLabno
John HeppellNottingham EastLabno
Stephen HesfordWirral WestLabno
Keith HillStreathamLabno
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabno
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Kim HowellsPontypriddLabno
Joan HumbleBlackpool North and FleetwoodLabno
John HuttonBarrow and FurnessLab (minister)no
Alan JohnsonKingston upon Hull West and HessleLabno
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Sally KeebleNorthampton NorthLabno
Sadiq KhanTootingLabno
David KidneyStaffordLabno
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabno
David LammyTottenhamLabno
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLabno
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabno
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLabno
Eric MartlewCarlisleLabno
Anne McGuireStirlingLabno
Tony McNultyHarrow EastLab (minister)no
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLabno
Chris MoleIpswichLab (minister)no
Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLabno
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabno
Ian PearsonDudley SouthLab (minister)no
James PlaskittWarwick and LeamingtonLabno
Stephen PoundEaling NorthLabno
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLab (minister)no
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabno
Jamie ReedCopelandLabno
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabno
Martin SalterReading WestLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Andy SlaughterEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLabno
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabno
Angela SmithBasildonLabno
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabno
Peter SoulsbyLeicester SouthLabno
Gavin StrangEdinburgh EastLabno
Jack StrawBlackburnLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Emily ThornberryIslington South and FinsburyLabno
Stephen TimmsEast HamLabno
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLabno
Paul TruswellPudseyLabno
Kitty UssherBurnleyLab (minister)no
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabno
Michael WillsNorth SwindonLab (minister)no
Phil WilsonSedgefieldLabno
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLabno
David WrightTelfordLabno
Iain WrightHartlepoolLabno
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabno
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDemaye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
Paul RowenRochdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDemaye
Jo SwinsonEast DunbartonshireLDemaye
Phil WillisHarrogate and KnaresboroughLDemaye

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