Iraq — Case for war not established — rejected — 18 Mar 2003 at 21:15

The majority of MPs voted against making a change to the motion before Parliament that declared war on Iraq. The intact motion for war was voted through immediately after this amendment was rejected.[1]

The change would have been to replace the sections of the motion which read:[2]

  • This House...
  • notes that in the 130 days since Resolution 1441 was adopted Iraq has not co-operated actively, unconditionally and immediately with the weapons inspectors, and has rejected the final opportunity to comply and is in further material breach of its obligations under successive mandatory UN Security Council Resolutions;
  • regrets that despite sustained diplomatic effort by Her Majesty's Government it has not proved possible to secure a second Resolution in the UN because one Permanent Member of the Security Council made plain in public its intention to use its veto whatever the circumstances;
  • notes the opinion of the Attorney General that, Iraq having failed to comply and Iraq being at the time of Resolution 1441 and continuing to be in material breach, the authority to use force under Resolution 678[10] has revived and so continues today;
  • believes that the United Kingdom must uphold the authority of the United Nations as set out in Resolution 1441 and many Resolutions preceding it, and therefore supports the decision of Her Majesty's Government that the United Kingdom should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction;
  • offers wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces now on duty in the Middle East;

with:

  • This House...
  • believes that the case for war against Iraq has not yet been established, especially given the absence of specific United Nations authorisation; but,
  • in the event that hostilities do commence, pledges its total support for the British forces engaged in the Middle East, expresses its admiration for their courage, skill and devotion to duty, and hopes that their tasks will be swiftly concluded with minimal casualties on all sides.

This was one of five major Parliamentary votes for war before the invasion.[3]

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
Con139 15 (+1 tell)095.1%
DUP5 00100.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Independent Conservative1 00100.0%
Lab245 (+2 tell) 138 (+1 tell)094.1%
LDem0 530100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP6 00100.0%
Total:396 217094.8%

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Hywel FrancisAberavonLab (minister)aye
Frank DoranAberdeen CentralLabaye
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabaye
David HeyesAshton-under-LyneLabaye
Tony BaldryBanburyCon (front bench)aye
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Patrick HallBedfordLabaye
John BaronBillericayConaye
Mr Terry DavisBirmingham, Hodge HillLabaye
Richard BurdenBirmingham, NorthfieldLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Joan HumbleBlackpool North and FleetwoodLabaye
Mr Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Brian IddonBolton South EastLabaye
Joe BentonBootleLab (minister)aye
Marsha SinghBradford WestLabaye
Mr Win GriffithsBridgendLabaye
Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLabaye
David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabaye
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabaye
Mrs Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Mr Peter PikeBurnleyLabaye
David ChaytorBury NorthLabaye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
Mrs Anne CampbellCambridgeLabaye
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabaye
Mr Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabaye
Julie MorganCardiff NorthLabaye
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLabaye
Eric MartlewCarlisleLabaye
Martyn JonesClwyd SouthLabaye
Mr Tony WorthingtonClydebank and MilngavieLabaye
Jimmy HoodClydesdaleLab (minister)aye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge and ChrystonLabaye
Betty WilliamsConwyLabaye
Mr Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabaye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabaye
Mr Iain LukeDundee EastLabaye
Peter AinsworthEast SurreyConaye
Gavin StrangEdinburgh East and MusselburghLabaye
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLab (minister)aye
Clive EffordElthamLab (minister)aye
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabaye
Ian TaylorEsher and WaltonConaye
Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLab (minister)aye
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
Mrs Diana OrganForest of DeanLabaye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
John RobertsonGlasgow AnnieslandLab (minister)aye
Mohammad SarwarGlasgow GovanLabaye
George GallowayGlasgow Kelvinwhilst Labaye
Ann McKechinGlasgow MaryhillLab (minister)aye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)aye
Parmjit DhandaGloucesterLabaye
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)aye
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
Mrs Alice MahonHalifaxLabaye
Mr Bill TynanHamilton SouthLabaye
Mr Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabaye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabaye
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Mr Tony McWalterHemel HempsteadLabaye
Jon TrickettHemsworthLab (minister)aye
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabaye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabaye
John CryerHornchurchLabaye
Ms Linda PerhamIlford NorthLabaye
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightConaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Mr Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLabaye
Stephen HepburnJarrowLabaye
Ann CryerKeighleyLabaye
Mr Phil SawfordKetteringLabaye
Mr Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabaye
Roger BerryKingswoodLabaye
Edward O'HaraKnowsley SouthLabaye
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabaye
Fabian HamiltonLeeds North EastLab (minister)aye
Mr Harold BestLeeds North WestLabaye
John BattleLeeds WestLabaye
Dr Jim MarshallLeicester SouthLabaye
Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLabaye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabaye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabaye
Robin CookLivingstonLabaye
Mr Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Tony LloydManchester CentralLabtellaye
Graham StringerManchester, BlackleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Keith BradleyManchester, WithingtonLabaye
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)aye
Mr Jonathan SayeedMid Bedfordshirewhilst Conaye
David HamiltonMidlothianLab (minister)aye
Mr Huw EdwardsMonmouthLabaye
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabaye
Doug HendersonNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabaye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabaye
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
John HoramOrpingtonConaye
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Paul TruswellPudseyLabaye
Martin SalterReading WestLabaye
Karen BuckRegent's Park and Kensington NorthLab (minister)aye
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConaye
John GroganSelbyLabaye
Mrs Helen JacksonSheffield, HillsboroughLabaye
Derek WyattSittingbourne and SheppeyLabaye
Douglas HoggSleaford and North HykehamContellaye
Richard BaconSouth NorfolkCon (front bench)aye
Mr Richard PageSouth West HertfordshireConaye
John DenhamSouthampton, ItchenLabaye
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabaye
Mr Kerry PollardSt AlbansLabaye
David KidneyStaffordLabaye
Frank CookStockton NorthLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabaye
Ms Debra ShipleyStourbridgeLabaye
Mr John LyonsStrathkelvin and BearsdenLabaye
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
John GummerSuffolk CoastalCon (front bench)aye
Bill EtheringtonSunderland NorthLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabaye
Alan WilliamsSwansea WestLabaye
David WrightTelfordLab (minister)aye
Mr Tom CoxTootingLabaye
John RandallUxbridgeConaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Mr David HinchliffeWakefieldLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
Denis MurphyWansbeckLabaye
Bob BlizzardWaveneyLabaye
Mr Tony BanksWest HamLabaye
Andrew MurrisonWestburyCon (front bench)aye
Humfrey MalinsWokingConaye
Ken PurchaseWolverhampton North EastLabaye
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabaye
Ian LucasWrexhamLab (minister)aye
Albert OwenYnys MônLab (minister)aye

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