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

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%
Independent2 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 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
Frank DoranAberdeen NorthLab (minister)no
John HuttonBarrow and FurnessLab (minister)no
Angela SmithBasildonLabno
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabno
Richard BurdenBirmingham, NorthfieldLab (minister)no
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLab (minister)no
Jack StrawBlackburnLab (minister)no
Joan HumbleBlackpool North and FleetwoodLab (minister)no
David AndersonBlaydonLab (minister)no
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)no
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLabno
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLab (minister)no
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLab (minister)no
Kitty UssherBurnleyLab (minister)no
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLab (minister)no
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLab (minister)no
Eric MartlewCarlisleLab (minister)no
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDem (front bench)aye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)no
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)no
Jamie ReedCopelandLab (minister)no
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabno
David HansonDelynLab (minister)no
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLab (minister)no
Gwyn ProsserDoverLab (minister)no
Ian PearsonDudley SouthLab (minister)no
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)no
Andrew SlaughterEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLab (minister)no
Jo SwinsonEast DunbartonshireLDem (front bench)aye
Stephen TimmsEast HamLab (minister)no
Nigel WatersonEastbourneCon (front bench)no
Gavin StrangEdinburgh EastLab (minister)no
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLab (minister)no
Ben BradshawExeterLab (minister)no
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)no
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)no
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLab (minister)no
Anne MiltonGuildfordCon (front bench)no
Phil WillisHarrogate and KnaresboroughLDem (front bench)aye
Tony McNultyHarrow EastLab (minister)no
Iain WrightHartlepoolLab (minister)no
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLab (minister)no
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDem (front bench)aye
Francis MaudeHorshamCon (front bench)no
Chris MoleIpswichLab (minister)no
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Emily ThornberryIslington South and FinsburyLab (minister)no
Des BrowneKilmarnock and LoudounLabno
Alan JohnsonKingston upon Hull West and HessleLab (minister)no
Roger BerryKingswoodLab (minister)no
Ben WallaceLancaster and WyreCon (front bench)no
Peter SoulsbyLeicester SouthLab (minister)no
Andy BurnhamLeighLab (minister)no
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLab (minister)no
Maria EagleLiverpool, GarstonLab (minister)no
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)no
Theresa MayMaidenheadCon (front bench)no
Nicholas SoamesMid SussexCon (front bench)no
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLabno
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDem (front bench)aye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLab (minister)no
Colin ChallenMorley and RothwellLab (minister)no
Edward BallsNormantonLab (minister)no
Natascha EngelNorth East DerbyshireLabno
Mark LancasterNorth East Milton KeynesCon (front bench)no
Owen PatersonNorth ShropshireCon (front bench)no
Michael WillsNorth SwindonLab (minister)no
Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLab (minister)no
Sally KeebleNorthampton NorthLab (minister)no
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLab (minister)no
John HeppellNottingham EastLab (minister)no
Gordon BanksOchil and South PerthshireLab (minister)no
John HoramOrpingtonCon (front bench)no
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabno
Yvette CooperPontefract and CastlefordLab (minister)no
Kim HowellsPontypriddLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLab (minister)no
Paul TruswellPudseyLabno
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)no
Martin SalterReading WestLab (minister)no
Vera BairdRedcarLab (minister)no
Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLab (minister)no
Paul RowenRochdaleLDem (front bench)aye
James DuddridgeRochford and Southend EastCon (front bench)no
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)no
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabno
Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLabno
Phil WilsonSedgefieldLab (minister)no
John GroganSelbyLab (minister)no
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
Douglas HoggSleaford and North HykehamConno
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLab (minister)no
Andrew SelousSouth West BedfordshireCon (front bench)no
John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLab (minister)no
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLab (minister)no
David KidneyStaffordLab (minister)no
Barbara FollettStevenageLab (minister)no
Anne McGuireStirlingLabno
Ann CoffeyStockportLab (minister)no
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)no
Bill CashStoneCon (front bench)no
Keith HillStreathamLab (minister)no
David DrewStroudLab (minister)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldCon (front bench)no
David WrightTelfordLabno
Sadiq KhanTootingLab (minister)no
David LammyTottenhamLab (minister)no
Angela WatkinsonUpminsterCon (front bench)no
John RandallUxbridgeCon (front bench)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)no
Mary CreaghWakefieldLab (minister)no
Angela EagleWallaseyLab (minister)no
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLab (minister)no
James PlaskittWarwick and LeamingtonLabno
Mike HallWeaver ValeLab (minister)no
John HealeyWentworthLab (minister)no
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
Lyn BrownWest HamLabno
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLab (minister)no
Stephen HesfordWirral WestLab (minister)no
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLabno
Michael FosterWorcesterLab (minister)no

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