Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry — New Clause 1 — Implementation of section 1 — 7 Jul 2009 at 19:00

David Laws MP, Yeovil voted in the minority (Aye).

The majority rejected an amendment to the Finance Bill 2009 that sought to ensure that the lowest paid would not be worse off as a result of the abolition of the 10p starting rate for income tax.

The abolition of the 10p rate for the lowest earners had been first announced in the 2007 budget, along with a surprise 2p cut in the basic rate of income tax to 20p in the pound but there was continuing concern that this would severely effect those on the lowest incomes. (See here for more detail).

Frank Field, the Labour MP who rebelled by tabling the amendment, argued that this situation increased the tax burden on the lowest paid whilst easing it for the more affluent. The amendment would have meant that these changes to the starting rate and the basic rate of income tax could not come into effect until:

the Chancellor of the Exchequer lays before Parliament a statement that, in his opinion, measures have been taken to ensure that no person is worse off by reason of the person's income not being sufficient to secure that the effect of the abolition of the 10p starting rate has been entirely offset by the reduction of the basic rate.

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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
Con0 179093.2%
DUP4 0044.4%
Ind1 50100.0%
Ind Lab0 10100.0%
Lab304 (+2 tell) 16 (+2 tell)092.8%
LDem0 57090.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP1 0033.3%
SNP0 70100.0%
UUP1 00100.0%
Total:311 268092.0%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Martin CatonGowerLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabtellaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabtellaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye

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