Coroners and Justice Bill — Remove the power of the Lord Chancellor to suspend a coroner's investigation and inquest and replace it with an "inquiry" — rejected — 9 Nov 2009 at 18:33

Clare Short MP, Birmingham, Ladywood voted in the minority (Aye).

The majority No voters rejected an amendment[1] to the Coroners and Justice Bill. The amendment would have removed a provision in the bill[2] enabling the Lord Chancellor to suspend a coroner's investigation and inquest and replace it with an "inquiry". The Lord Chancellor is a government minister - currently Jack Straw. However, the amendment was defeated.

Due to a procedural farce Minister Jack Straw, the Lord Chancellor proposed amendment (a) in lieu of Lords amendments 1, 2 and 216[3] but then went on to vote against it. The standing orders of the House of Commons and the procedural motion passed to determine the timetable for handling the bill meant that the opposition were unable to table the motion.

It was later claimed that this slim majority of only eight votes was in-fact slimmer than it appeared due to a number of Labour MPs voted the wrong way by mistake[4]. Denis MacShane has said he felt he voted the wrong way on this vote[5].

The main provisions of the Coroners and Justice Bill were to[6]:

  • Allow secret inquests although the Lord Chief Justice can veto requests for private inquests and decide who the judge is
  • Prevent criminals from profiting from publications about their crimes
  • Allow courts to grant anonymity to vulnerable or intimidated witnesses as long as this still ensured a fair trial

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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 168 (+2 tell)088.1%
DUP0 1011.1%
Ind1 50100.0%
Ind Lab0 10100.0%
Lab273 (+2 tell) 30087.4%
LDem0 55087.3%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 3042.9%
Total:274 267086.0%

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabaye
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabaye
Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLabaye
Colin BurgonElmetLabaye
Martin CatonGowerLabaye
Colin ChallenMorley and RothwellLabaye
Katy ClarkNorth Ayrshire and ArranLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Andrew DismoreHendonLabaye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Paul FarrellyNewcastle-under-LymeLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
John GroganSelbyLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Fiona MactaggartSloughLabaye
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabaye
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Paul TruswellPudseyLabaye

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