Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee to Decide on Form of AV to Put to Referendum — 30 Nov 2010 at 17:34

Lord Bassam of Brighton voted in the minority (Teller for the Contents).

The majority of members of the House of Lords voting, voted against establishing a committee to recommend which form of "alternative vote" system ought be the subject of a referendum.

The House of Lords was considering the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill[1]. The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 1: Clause 1, page 1, line 5, at beginning insert "Subject to subsections (2A), (2B) and (6),"

Subsections 2A and 2B would, had the amendment have been accepted, been introduced by amendment 14 which stated[2]:

  • Page 1, line 6, at end insert—
  • “(2A) The Secretary of State shall by order establish a Committee of Inquiry to make recommendations to Parliament on the form of “alternative vote” system to be the subject of the referendum.
  • (2B) Following receipt of the recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry, and taking account of any resolutions of either House of Parliament in respect of those recommendations, the Secretary of State shall decide on the form of “alternative vote” to be used, and shall lay before Parliament for approval by affirmative resolution an order making provision about the referendum

new subsection (6) would have been introduced by amendment 33 which stated[2]:

  • Page 2, line 5, at end insert—
  • “(6) The order under subsection (2B) shall make provision about—
  • (a) the conduct of the referendum,
  • (b) combination of polls,
  • (c) referendum expenses,
  • (d) control of loans etc to permitted participants,
  • (e) amendment of the law relating to elections.”

These, rejected, additional subclauses would have been added to clause 1 of the Bill.

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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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop1 18.0%
Con131 (+1 tell) 365.9%
Ind Lab0 1100.0%
Lab0 144 (+2 tell)59.8%
LDem68 (+1 tell) 082.1%
Other0 125.0%
UUP3 0100.0%
Crossbench37 1426.7%
Total:240 16453.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords 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 lord who could have voted in this division

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NamePartyVote
Lord Bell Conaye
Lord Hamilton of EpsomConaye
Lord Howard of RisingConaye

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