Fixed Term Parliaments Bill — Clause 2 — Period Following Vote of No Confidence in the Government — 1 Dec 2010 at 13:15
Owen Smith MP, Pontypridd voted to exclude certain days from the period of 14 days to be allowed following a vote of no confidence in the Government to see if a Government can secure the confidence of MPs and remove the requirement for an early general election.
The majority of MPs voted against excluding days when Parliament is prorogued, or adjourned for more than 4 days, from the period of 14 days to be allowed following a vote of no confidence in the Government to see if a Government can secure the confidence of MPs. If no Government secures the confidence of MPs within the time period a general election would be called.
- Amendment 36, page 2, line 14, at end insert-
- '(2A) In reckoning for the purposes of subsection 2(b), no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is prorogued or during which the House of Commons is adjourned for more than four days.'.
Clause 2 of the Bill at the time of the vote stated:
- An early parliamentary general election is also to take place if the Speaker of the House of Commons issues a certificate certifying that—
- (a) on a specified day the House passed a motion of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (as then constituted), and
- (b) the period of 14 days after the specified day has ended without the House passing any motion expressing confidence in any Government of Her Majesty.
-  Fixed Term Parliaments Bill (now an act) page on Parliament's website
-  Amendment sheet for consideration of the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill on 1 December 2010
-  Clause 2 of the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill at the time of the vote
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||241 (+1 tell)||5||0||80.7%|
|Lab||0||192 (+2 tell)||0||75.5%|
|LDem||44 (+1 tell)||0||0||78.9%|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Bernard Jenkin||Harwich and North Essex||Con (front bench)||aye|
|David Nuttall||Bury North||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew Turner||Isle of Wight||Con (front bench)||aye|