Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 8 — Periodicity of Reports of the Boundary Commissions — 20 Oct 2010 at 15:45

Hugo Swire MP, East Devon voted for a review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries to be carried out every five years, rather than every ten years.

The majority of MPs voted to require a report by Boundary Commissions on Parliamentary constituency boundaries every five years, and not to increase the period to every ten years as was proposed.

The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill contains provisions stating when periodic reports by the Boundary Commission on Parliamentary Constituency boundaries must be produced.

The Bill, as introduced, stated:

  • A Boundary Commission shall submit reports under subsection (1) above periodically—
  • (a) before 1st October 2013, and
  • (b) before 1st October of every fifth year after that.”

Greg Mulholland MP proposed making the regular reports every ten years rather than five; the text of his amendment was:

  • page 6, line 36, leave out "fifth" and insert "tenth".

Mr Mulholland did not speak in the debate in Parliament, but other MPs put arguments both for long term stability of Parliamentary Constituencies. Deputy Leader of the House of Commons David Heath stated[4]:

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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con272 (+2 tell) 1089.9%
DUP0 5062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 219 (+1 tell)085.3%
LDem47 3087.7%
PC0 1033.3%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 3 (+1 tell)066.7%
Total:319 237087.1%

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

Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)aye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDem (front bench)aye

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