Motion to Sit in Private — 20 Jan 2017 at 09:34

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.

Debate in Parliament |

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.

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)tellaye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)tellaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)aye
Gavin BarwellCroydon CentralCon (front bench)no
Nicola BlackwoodOxford West and AbingdonCon (front bench)no
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)no
James BrokenshireOld Bexley and SidcupCon (front bench)no
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordCon (front bench)no
Jane EllisonBatterseaCon (front bench)no
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastCon (front bench)no
George EusticeCamborne and RedruthCon (front bench)no
David EvennettBexleyheath and CrayfordCon (front bench)no
Mike FreerFinchley and Golders GreenConno
Mark GarnierWyre ForestCon (front bench)no
Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonCon (front bench)no
John GlenSalisburyConno
Ben GummerIpswichCon (front bench)no
Richard HarringtonWatfordCon (front bench)no
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryCon (front bench)tellno
Peter Heaton-JonesNorth DevonCon (front bench)no
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)no
Margot JamesStourbridgeCon (front bench)no
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughCon (front bench)no
Kwasi KwartengSpelthorneCon (front bench)no
Mark LancasterMilton Keynes NorthCon (front bench)no
Alan MakHavantConno
Wendy MortonAldridge-BrownhillsCon (front bench)no
Sarah NewtonTruro and FalmouthCon (front bench)no
Tom PursgloveCorbyConno
Julian SmithSkipton and RiponCon (front bench)tellno
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthCon (front bench)no
Robin WalkerWorcesterCon (front bench)no
James WhartonStockton SouthCon (front bench)no
Craig WhittakerCalder ValleyConno
Caroline LucasBrighton, PavilionGreen (front bench)no
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLab (minister)no
Bill EstersonSefton CentralLab (minister)no
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLab (minister)no
Barbara KeeleyWorsley and Eccles SouthLab (minister)no
Liz McInnesHeywood and MiddletonLab (minister)no
Jessica MordenNewport EastLab (minister)no
Steve ReedCroydon NorthLab (minister)no
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLab (minister)no
Nick Thomas-SymondsTorfaenLab (minister)no
Daniel ZeichnerCambridgeLab (minister)no

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

There are lots of plans afoot, including extensive redevelopment of the site and plans for new functionality. To keep up with what's happening, please check out the blog. We're working on updating all the contact details throughout the site, but if you'd like to talk to us about the project, please email [email protected]

The Whip on the Web

Advertisement - Helping keeping PublicWhip alive