Opposition Day — Defence — Military Covenant — Military Funding — 1 Mar 2010 at 18:46

Nick Herbert MP, Arundel and South Downs voted to express a belief the military has been underfunded and the Government has failed to honor the Military Covenant.

The majority of MPs voted against expressing a belief the military has been underfunded and the Government has failed to honor the Military Covenant.

The majority of MPs rejected the following motion in this vote:

  • That this House
  • expresses its continued support for HM armed forces personnel and their families;
  • notes that over 440 service personnel have been killed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001;
  • further notes that the armed forces have operated over the original planning assumptions for years;
  • regrets that there has not been a Strategic Defence Review (SDR) since 1998;
  • believes that the 1998 SDR was never fully funded and failed to provide proper equipment for the Iraq war;
  • recognises that the Government failed to plan for post-conflict reconstruction in Iraq;
  • further recognises the cut to the helicopter budget by £1.4 billion in 2004;
  • is concerned about the cuts to the frigate and destroyer fleet from the 32 recommended in the 1998 SDR 10 to 23;
  • is further concerned by the failure to provide the Royal Air Force with a modern troop transport and air-to-air refuelling fleet;
  • believes that the Government has presided over a failed procurement process;
  • further believes that the Government has failed properly to fund the armed forces for wartime operations; and
  • calls on the Government to acknowledge its failure to honour the Military Covenant.

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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 160 (+2 tell)083.9%
Ind3 2083.3%
Lab274 (+2 tell) 0079.1%
LDem0 42066.7%
SNP0 4057.1%
Total:277 208079.1%

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
no rebellions

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

There are lots of plans afoot, including extensive redevelopment of the site and plans for new functionality. To keep up with what's happening, please check out the blog. We're working on updating all the contact details throughout the site, but if you'd like to talk to us about the project, please email [email protected]

The Whip on the Web

Advertisement - Helping keeping PublicWhip alive