Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 1 — Referendum on the Alternative Vote System — Threshold on Making Result Binding — 16 Feb 2011 at 20:14
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset did not vote.
The majority of MPs voted to reject imposing a threshold for acting on the result of the referendum on using the AV system for electing MPs but to amend the proposals for such a threshold to ensure if one was imposed and not reached the AV provisions would be repealed.
MPs were considering the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. The Bill provided for the subsequent General Election to be held under the Alternative Vote system, provided this was endorsed in a referendum.
The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this that this House insists on its disagreement with the Lords in their amendments 1 and 8, but proposes amendment (a) in lieu.
Lords amendment 1 stated:
- 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 defined "electorate", "turnout" and "vote" for the purpose of calculating if the threshold has been reached.
Amendment (a) in lieu stated:
- Page 6, line 2, at end insert
- ‘(A1) If the turnout in the referendum does not reach the threshold set out in section 1(1A) above, the Minister must make an order repealing the alternative vote provisions.
- (1) Subject to subsection (A1) above,’.
-  Parliament's website on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (now an Act)
-  Lords amendments to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
-  Amendment paper containing amendment (a) in lieu
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||246 (+2 tell)||18||0||86.9%|
|Lab||0||209 (+2 tell)||0||82.1%|
|Brian Binley||Northampton South||Con (front bench)||no|
|Graham Brady||Altrincham and Sale West||Con (front bench)||no|
|Bill Cash||Stone||Con (front bench)||no|
|Christopher Chope||Christchurch||Con (front bench)||no|
|James Clappison||Hertsmere||Con (front bench)||no|
|Geoffrey Cox||Torridge and West Devon||Con (front bench)||no|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||no|
|David Davis||Haltemprice and Howden||Con||no|
|Richard Drax||South Dorset||Con (front bench)||no|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||no|
|Bernard Jenkin||Harwich and North Essex||Con (front bench)||no|
|Julian Lewis||New Forest East||Con (front bench)||no|
|Anne Main||St Albans||Con (front bench)||no|
|David Nuttall||Bury North||Con (front bench)||no|
|Andrew Percy||Brigg and Goole||Con (front bench)||no|
|Richard Shepherd||Aldridge-Brownhills||Con (front bench)||no|
|Peter Tapsell||Louth and Horncastle||Con (front bench)||no|
|Sarah Wollaston||Totnes||Con (front bench)||no|