Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 9 — Number of MPs — 20 Oct 2010 at 21:00
The majority of MPs voted to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
- Number of constituencies
- The number of constituencies in the United Kingdom shall be 600.
The amendment voted on in this division would have replaced that with:
- UK Electoral quota
- The UK Electoral Quota shall be defined as the total electorate of the United Kingdom on the designated enumeration day divided by 650.'
During the debate Labour MP Chris Bryant said:
- The Liberal Democrats mentioned 500 MPs in their manifesto, while the Conservatives had a manifesto commitment to reduce the number of seats by 10%, which would have taken the number down to 585.
Mr Bryant explained his, and his party's, opposition to the proposed figure of 600 saying:
- I suspect that bringing the number of seats down to 600 will disproportionately attack Labour seats, while going down to 585 would disproportionately attack Liberal Democrat seats. I therefore suspect that the number of 600 has been arrived at specifically for partisan purposes-to rig the Parliament of this country. That is why we will not support the clause.
-  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced
-  Section of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced containing p.7 lines 27-28, the location of the relevant section
-  Chris Bryant MP, House of Commons, 20th of October 2010
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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|
|Con||274 (+1 tell)||3||0||90.8%|
|Lab||0||198 (+2 tell)||0||77.5%|
|LDem||49 (+1 tell)||0||0||87.7%|
|Peter Bone||Wellingborough||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Mark Field||Cities of London and Westminster||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|