Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Threshold for Making Result of AV Referendum Binding — 16 Feb 2011 at 12:46

The majority of members of the House of Lords voted to make the referendum on using the "alternative vote" system for electing MPs non-binding on the Government if less than 40% of the electorate took part.

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

  • Amendment A1: As an amendment to Motion A, leave out from "House" to end and insert "do insist on its Amendments 1 and 8".

Motion A was[2]:

  • That this House do not insist on its Amendments 1 and 8 to which the Commons have disagreed for their Reasons 1A and 8A:

Amendment 1 was[2]:

  • Page 1, line 5, at end insert—
  • “(1A) If less than 40% of the electorate vote in the referendum, the result shall not be binding.”

Amendment 8 was:

  • Page 5, line 36, at end insert—
  • “( ) In section 1(1A)—
  • (a) “the electorate” is defined as those persons entitled to vote in the referendum, as defined in section 2;
  • (b) the turnout figure is to be calculated on the basis that 100% turnout is defined as the total number of individuals who are entitled to vote in the referendum, as defined in section 2; and
  • (c) “vote” is defined as votes counted under Part 1 of this Act.”

Both of these amendments relate to making the referendum on using the "alternative vote" system for electing MPs non-binding on the Government if less than 40% of the electorate took part.

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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 (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Bishop1 04.2%
Con28 122 (+1 tell)66.5%
DUP2 050.0%
Ind Lab1 0100.0%
Lab180 (+2 tell) 072.5%
LDem1 73 (+1 tell)75.8%
Other1 025.0%
PC0 1100.0%
UKIP1 050.0%
UUP3 1100.0%
Crossbench57 1638.0%
Total:275 21360.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

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

Sort by: Name | Party | Vote

NamePartyVote
Lord Cavendish of FurnessConaye
Lord Elton Conaye
Viscount Falkland LDemaye
Lord Flight Conaye
Baroness Fookes Conaye
Lord Forsyth of DrumleanConaye
Baroness Gardner of ParkesConaye
Lord Glenarthur Conaye
Lord Griffiths of FforestfachConaye
Lord Hamilton of EpsomConaye
Lord Harris of PeckhamConaye
Lord Higgins Conaye
Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsConaye
Lord Howard of RisingConaye
Lord Howe of AberavonConaye
Lord Lamont of LerwickConaye
Lord Lawson of BlabyConaye
Lord Mawhinney Conaye
Lord Moore of Lower MarshConaye
Lord Northbrook Conaye
Lord Norton of LouthConaye
Lord Plumb Conaye
Lord Reay Conaye
Baroness Sharples Conaye
Lord Stevens of LudgateConaye
Lord Swinfen Conaye
Lord Tebbit Conaye
Viscount Trenchard Conaye
Baroness Trumpington Conaye
Lord Empey UUPno

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