Fixed Term Parliaments Bill — Early General Elections — 1 Dec 2010 at 15:30
The majority of MPs voted in favour of exceptions from the five year fixed term of a parliament, enabling early general elections to be called in certain circumstances as well as to preserve the monarch's powers in relation determining when MPs meet in Parliament.
- That clauses 2 to 4 stand part of the Bill.
Clause 1 provided for general elections to be held every five years; (allowing the Prime Minister to vary the date by two months earlier or later).
Clause 2 provided for early general elections in the case of a motion calling one being passed either unopposed, or by two-thirds of MPs, or where a motion of no-confidence in the government is passed, and within 14 days a motion of confidence in a government has not been passed.
Clause 3 makes the key necessary changes to elections law and the law concerning the meeting of Parliament in light of fixed days for elections.
Clause 4 preserves the monarch's power to discontinue a session of Parliament and to proclaim the first meeting date of a new Parliament following a general election.
Without Clause 2, there would be general elections every 5 years, with no exceptions. The main impact of the removal of these clauses from the Bill would have been to remove the exceptions.
-  Fixed Term Parliaments Bill (now an act) page on Parliament's website
-  Text of the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill as at the time of the vote
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||247 (+2 tell)||2||0||82.0%|
|Lab||0||207 (+2 tell)||0||81.3%|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||no|
|David Nuttall||Bury North||Con (front bench)||no|