Motion for the House of Commons to Sit in Private — 12 Sep 2014 at 09:30

The majority of MPs voted not to hold a private session of the House of Commons.

The text of the motion rejected in the vote was:

  • That the House sit in private.

The House of Commons' Standing Order No. 163 says:

  • If at any sitting of the House... any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker... shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting.

Moving the motion to sit in private is almost always a procedural tactic. By ensuring the defeat of a motion to sit in private at the beginning of the sitting, the mover makes it impossible for any member to move the motion during a subsequent debate.

If such a motion is brought during the debate on a Bill, and fewer than 40 MPs vote in it, then the debate ends immediately regardless of the result (following Standing Order 44). Such an ending of debate occurred on the 14th of March 2003. The points of order following that division show MPs questioning the appropriateness of the tactic.

Moving a motion to sit in private is often done first thing on a Friday morning. Moving the motion ensures it can't be moved later in the day, when MPs might have returned to their constituencies for the weekend and too few members may be present to reach the 40 member threshold leading to the discussion of the business before the house (typically private members' Bills) being brought to an end.

See also What is a motion to sit in private? from the PublicWhip FAQ.

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All Votes Cast - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party are marked in red. Also shows which MPs were ministers at the time of this vote. You can also see every eligible MP including those who did not vote in this division.

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Naomi LongBelfast EastAlliance (front bench)no
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)aye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)aye
James ArbuthnotNorth East HampshireConno
Harriett BaldwinWest WorcestershireCon (front bench)tellno
Andrew BinghamHigh PeakCon (front bench)no
Nicola BlackwoodOxford West and AbingdonCon (front bench)no
Karen BradleyStaffordshire MoorlandsCon (front bench)no
James BrokenshireOld Bexley and SidcupCon (front bench)no
Fiona BruceCongletonCon (front bench)no
Alistair BurtNorth East BedfordshireCon (front bench)no
Alun CairnsVale of GlamorganCon (front bench)no
Neil CarmichaelStroudCon (front bench)no
Stephen CrabbPreseli PembrokeshireCon (front bench)no
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordCon (front bench)no
Philip DunneLudlowCon (front bench)no
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)no
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyCon (front bench)no
Michael GoveSurrey HeathCon (front bench)no
James GrayNorth WiltshireCon (front bench)no
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)no
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamCon (front bench)no
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointCon (front bench)no
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireConno
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)no
Gerald HowarthAldershotConno
Margot JamesStourbridgeConno
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughCon (front bench)no
Kwasi KwartengSpelthorneCon (front bench)no
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireConno
Jeremy LefroyStaffordCon (front bench)no
Jack LoprestiFilton and Bradley StokeCon (front bench)no
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamConno
Anne McIntoshThirsk and MaltonCon (front bench)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConno
Brooks NewmarkBraintreeCon (front bench)no
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyConno
Mark PritchardThe WrekinCon (front bench)no
Laura SandysSouth ThanetCon (front bench)no
Lee ScottIlford NorthCon (front bench)no
Julian SmithSkipton and RiponConno
Caroline SpelmanMeridenCon (front bench)no
Mel StrideCentral DevonCon (front bench)no
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no
Edward TimpsonCrewe and NantwichCon (front bench)no
Ed VaizeyWantageCon (front bench)no
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Ben WallaceWyre and Preston NorthCon (front bench)tellno
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Nadhim ZahawiStratford-on-AvonCon (front bench)no
Hilary BennLeeds CentralLab (minister)no
Gordon BrownKirkcaldy and CowdenbeathLabno
Chris BryantRhonddaLab (minister)no
Alan CampbellTynemouthLab (minister)no
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLab (minister)no
Alex CunninghamStockton NorthLab (minister)no
Nicholas DakinScunthorpeLab (minister)no
Wayne DavidCaerphillyLabno
Stephen DoughtyCardiff South and PenarthLab (minister)no
Maria EagleGarston and HalewoodLab (minister)no
Helen GoodmanBishop AucklandLab (minister)no
Nia GriffithLlanelliLab (minister)no
George HowarthKnowsleyLab (minister)no
Dan JarvisBarnsley CentralLab (minister)no
Diana R. JohnsonKingston upon Hull NorthLab (minister)no
Eric JoyceFalkirkLabno
Sadiq KhanTootingLab (minister)no
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLab (minister)no
Seema MalhotraFeltham and HestonLab (minister)no
Kerry McCarthyBristol EastLab (minister)no
Alison McGovernWirral SouthLab (minister)no
Anne McGuireStirlingLab (minister)no
Andrew MillerEllesmere Port and NestonLab (minister)no
Jim MurphyEast RenfrewshireLab (minister)no
Albert OwenYnys MônLab (minister)no
Bridget PhillipsonHoughton and Sunderland SouthLab (minister)no
Gavin ShukerLuton SouthLab (minister)no
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)no
Karl TurnerKingston upon Hull EastLab (minister)no
Phil WilsonSedgefieldLab (minister)no
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)both
Malcolm BruceGordonLDem (front bench)tellaye
Robert SmithWest Aberdeenshire and KincardineLDem (front bench)tellaye
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDem (front bench)no
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDem (front bench)no
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDemno
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)no
Lynne FeatherstoneHornsey and Wood GreenLDem (front bench)no
Don FosterBathLDem (front bench)no
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)no
Duncan HamesChippenhamLDemno
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDem (front bench)no
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemno
Simon HughesBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLDem (front bench)no
Norman LambNorth NorfolkLDem (front bench)no
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDem (front bench)no
Michael MooreBerwickshire, Roxburgh and SelkirkLDemno
John PughSouthportLDem (front bench)no
Dan RogersonNorth CornwallLDem (front bench)no
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDemno
Mike ThorntonEastleighLDem (front bench)no
Steve WebbThornbury and YateLDem (front bench)no
Roger WilliamsBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)no
Stephen WilliamsBristol WestLDem (front bench)no
Simon WrightNorwich SouthLDem (front bench)no
Mark DurkanFoyleSDLP (front bench)no
Michael WeirAngusSNP (front bench)no

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