Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill — Decline Second Reading — 14 Oct 2015 at 18:48

The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing more devolution of powers to local councils and to enable councils to collaboratively form regional combined authorities.

MPs were considering the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill[1][2]. The Bill seeks to allow ministers to introduce regulations to

  • enable any public authority function relating to an area to be conferred on a county council or district council;
  • provide for streamlined local governance as agreed by councils;
  • enable any public authority function relating to an area to be conferred on a combined authority;
  • confer any local government function on a combined authority (these are currently limited to economic development, regeneration, and transport);
  • provide for an elected mayor for a combined authority’s area who would exercise specified functions individually and chair the authority; and
  • provide for the possibility for the mayor additionally to undertake the functions of Police and Crime Commissioner for the combined authority area (in place of the Police and Crime Commissioner).

[Above list taken from the explanatory notes[2]]

The motion rejected in this vote was:

  • That this House
  • declines to give a Second Reading to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [Lords], notwithstanding the need for devolution to local communities, because the Bill does not offer meaningful devolution to England and would leave behind England’s town, county and shire regions, ignores the will of the people by imposing mayors as a condition of devolution, threatens the financial stability of local government by not offering a fair funding settlement, and fails to reshape central Government for a long-term commitment to devolution.

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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
Con310 (+2 tell) 0094.5%
DUP5 0062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 207 (+2 tell)090.1%
LDem6 0075.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
UKIP1 00100.0%
UUP2 00100.0%
Total:324 212091.8%

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
no rebellions

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