Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — No Second Reading — rejected — 6 Sep 2010 at 21:43

Jo Swinson MP, East Dunbartonshire voted not to oppose the combination of preparations for a referendum on the Alternative Vote electoral system with redrawing constituency boundaries.

The majority of MPs voted against a proposal to reject a second reading of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill[1][2] on the grounds it combines measures relating to a referendum on the Alternative Vote system with measures related to redrawing constituency boundaries.

MPs voted on an amendment to the motion which replaced the original text - "That the Bill be now read a Second time" - with the following :

  • "this House, whilst affirming its belief that there should be a referendum on moving to the Alternative Vote system for elections to the House of Commons,
  • declines to give a Second Reading to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill because it combines that objective with entirely unrelated provisions designed to gerrymander constituencies by imposing a top-down, hasty and undemocratic review of boundaries, the effect of which would be to exclude millions of eligible but unregistered voters from the calculation of the electoral average and to deprive local communities of their long-established right to trigger open and transparent public inquiries into the recommendations of a Boundary Commission, thereby destroying a bi-partisan system of drawing boundaries which has been the envy of countries across the world; and
  • is strongly of the opinion that the publication of such a Bill should have been preceded by a full process of pre-legislative scrutiny of a draft Bill."

Following the rejection of the above text a vote on the original motion ("That the Bill be now read a Second time") was held, and was passed.

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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
Con285 (+1 tell) 0093.5%
DUP0 7087.5%
Green1 00100.0%
Lab0 245 (+2 tell)095.7%
LDem53 (+1 tell) 0094.7%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP6 00100.0%
Total:347 255094.4%

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
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