Local Government Bill — Maintain Prohibition on Promotion of Homosexuality (Section 28) — 10 Mar 2003 at 19:29

The majority of MPs voted to repeal a ban on the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

The Majority of MPs voted to keep a clause in the Local Government Bill[1] designed to repeal the section in the Local Government Act 1986 that says:[2]

A local authority shall not

  • intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;
  • promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.

The insertion of this section into the law had been as a result of the controversial Section 28 which was part of the Local Government Act 1988.[3]

The amendment which was rejected by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote was:

  • Amendment: No. 8, in page 70, line 41, leave out Clause 119.

Clause 119 of the Bill became clause 122 in the Act[4] and stated:


Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

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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
Con23 71 (+2 tell)058.9%
Independent1 00100.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab301 (+2 tell) 3074.6%
LDem38 0071.7%
PC4 00100.0%
UUP1 1033.3%
Total:368 76070.2%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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

Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonCon (front bench)no
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Joe BentonBootleLab (minister)aye
Andrew MacKayBracknellConno
John BercowBuckinghamConno
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConno
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConno
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthConno
Ian TaylorEsher and WaltonConno
Boris JohnsonHenleyConno
Stephen HepburnJarrowLabaye
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)no
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)no
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)no
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)no
Robert KeySalisburyConno
David CurrySkipton and RiponConno
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkCon (front bench)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldCon (front bench)no
George OsborneTattonCon (front bench)no
Mr Archie NormanTunbridge WellsConno
Robert JacksonWantagewhilst Conno
Charles HendryWealdenCon (front bench)no
Richard SpringWest SuffolkConno
Andrew MurrisonWestburyCon (front bench)no
Paul GoodmanWycombeConno

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