Election of Backbench Business Committee by Parties — 12 Mar 2012 at 17:46

David Rutley MP, Macclesfield voted members of the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee to be elected by members of political parties rather than, as was the case previously, by the whole House of Commons.

The majority of MPs voted for members of the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee to be elected by members of political parties rather than, as was the case previously, by the whole House of Commons.

MPs were considering a motion[1] on the arrangements for operation of the Backbench Business Committee, including membership of the committee and the election of chair.

The committee is responsible for allocating certain periods of parliamentary time for "backbench business"; MPs can apply to it if they wish to get see particular motion debated in the House of Commons or in Westminster Hall.

The first paragraph of the motion stated:

  • (1) this House endorses the principle that parties should elect members of the Backbench Business Committee each Session and thereafter when a vacancy arises in a secret ballot of all Members of that party by whichever transparent and democratic method they choose.

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment (d), leave out paragraph (1).

MP Peter Bone explained the intent of his amendment during the debate saying[2]:

  • The Government are proposing that future members of the Committee will be elected by party group. There are two distinct disadvantages to that proposal. The first—I suggest that this is the reason for it—is that it will give the Government, as well as the shadow Government, greater influence in deciding who is elected to the Backbench Business Committee. Through their Whips Offices, they will try to engineer more pliable Members to be elected to the Committee. I believe that this will make the Committee much more divided on party lines. In all the time that the current Committee has met, there has been only one vote, and that did not divide it along party lines. The Government’s proposal will reduce the likelihood that independent parliamentarians will be elected to the Committee.
  • Secondly, the authority that members of the Committee hold is greatly enhanced by their being chosen by the whole House. Their mandate comes from Back Benchers of all political persuasions, not by a narrow party group.

The Backbench Business committee was previously elected by the whole house subject to constraints[3] that:

  • (i)such a number of candidates shall come from each party represented in the House or those of no party as shall be determined and announced in advance by the Speaker, in such a way as to ensure that the committee including the Chair reflects as closely as possible the composition of the House, and
  • (ii)at least two women and two men shall be elected.

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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 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.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con141 (+1 tell) 41 (+1 tell)060.1%
DUP0 2025.0%
Lab17 41 (+1 tell)123.3%
LDem26 (+1 tell) 12170.2%
PC0 2066.7%
SNP0 4066.7%
Total:184 102245.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs 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 MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Richard BaconSouth NorfolkConaye
John BaronBasildon and BillericayConaye
Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthConaye
Peter BoneWellingboroughContellaye
Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestConaye
Robert BucklandSouth SwindonConaye
Dan BylesNorth WarwickshireConaye
Douglas CarswellClactonConaye
William CashStoneConaye
Philip DaviesShipleyConaye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConaye
Nadine DorriesMid BedfordshireConaye
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConaye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkConaye
James GrayNorth WiltshireConaye
Robert HalfonHarlowConaye
Stewart JacksonPeterboroughConaye
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexConaye
Edward LeighGainsboroughConaye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastConaye
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyConaye
Karl McCartneyLincolnConaye
Anne McIntoshThirsk and MaltonConaye
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyConaye
David NuttallBury NorthConaye
Matthew OffordHendonConaye
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthConaye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Mark RecklessRochester and StroodConaye
John RedwoodWokinghamConaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetConaye
Andrew RosindellRomfordConaye
David RuffleyBury St EdmundsConaye
Richard ShepherdAldridge-BrownhillsConaye
Bob StewartBeckenhamConaye
Gary StreeterSouth West DevonConaye
Graham StuartBeverley and HoldernessConaye
Justin TomlinsonNorth SwindonConaye
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightConaye
Andrew TyrieChichesterConaye
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireConaye
Sarah WollastonTotnesConaye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabno
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabno
Thomas DochertyDunfermline and West FifeLabno
Angela EagleWallaseyLabno
Maria EagleGarston and HalewoodLabno
Bill EstersonSefton CentralLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLabno
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLabno
Tony LloydManchester CentralLabno
Seema MalhotraFeltham and HestonLabno
Alan MealeMansfieldLabno
Meg MunnSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Linda RiordanHalifaxLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Angela SmithPenistone and StocksbridgeLabno
John SpellarWarleyLabno
Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLabno
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLabboth
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDemaye
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDemaye
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDemaye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDemaye
John HemmingBirmingham, YardleyLDemaye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemaye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDemaye
John PughSouthportLDemaye
Adrian SandersTorbayLDemaye
Robert SmithWest Aberdeenshire and KincardineLDemaye
Ian SwalesRedcarLDemaye
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDemaye
Vincent CableTwickenhamLDemboth

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