Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Schedule 1 — Further provisions about the referendum — 18 Oct 2010 at 17:30

Mark Reckless MP, Rochester and Strood voted not to include a specific provision in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill to expressly allow Chief Counting Officers to give directions in relation to voters with disabilities. Officers already have a duty to ensure ballot papers and polling stations are accessible to all.

The majority of MPs voted against including a specific provision in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill[1] expressly permitting Chief Counting Officers to give Regional Counting Officers or counting officers responsible for running the referendum directions about the discharge of their functions specifically in relation to voters with disabilities.

Mark Harper MP (Parliamentary Secretary (Political and Constitutional Reform), Cabinet Office explained during the debate[2]:

  • Ensuring that ballot papers and polling stations are accessible to all is already a duty that counting officers and returning officers have.

Alun Michael proposed an amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill which was being voted on. The section being amended, Schedule One, 3(5)[3] originally read:

  • The Chief Counting Officer may give Regional Counting Officers or counting officers—
  • (a) directions about the discharge of their functions;
  • (b) directions requiring them to provide the Chief Counting Officer with information that they have or are entitled to have.

The amendment, proposed adding a further item to the above list:

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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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con276 (+1 tell) 0090.5%
DUP0 6075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 220 (+2 tell)086.0%
LDem53 (+1 tell) 0094.7%
PC0 1033.3%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:329 235088.3%

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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