Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill — Amendment to New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems — 9 Feb 2010 at 21:45
Jim Cousins MP, Newcastle upon Tyne Central voted in favour of a referendum on using the Single Transferable Vote system for electing MPs to the House of Commons, rather than a referendum on moving to the Alternative Vote.
The majority of MPs voted for the proposed Autumn 2011 referendum on the system for electing MPs to be on moving to the Alternative Vote (AV) system rather than on moving to the Single Transferable Vote (STV).
These two systems, AV and STV, are identical for single member constituencies. In a speech in favour of STV Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth made clear by STV he was envisaging multi-member constituencies.
Preferential voting with multi-member constituencies is one route to obtaining an outcome where the fraction of seats won by each party more closely reflects the number of votes cast for each party.
-  David Howarth MP, House of Commons, 9th February 2010
-  Wikipedia Article on STV
-  Wikipedia Article on Instant Run-off voting (Another name for the Alternative Vote system)
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||291 (+2 tell)||4||0||85.1%|
|LDem||0||55 (+2 tell)||0||90.5%|
|Jim Cousins||Newcastle upon Tyne Central||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Doug Naysmith||Bristol North West||Lab (minister)||aye|
|James Purnell||Stalybridge and Hyde||Lab||aye|
|Andrew Smith||Oxford East||Lab (minister)||aye|