Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] — 12 Oct 2004 at 18:42

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The Bill represents a historic step on what has been a long journey to respect and dignity for lesbians and gay men in Britain. It is a natural progression in our vision to build an inclusive society. As such, it builds on reforms that began back in 1967 with Leo Abse's private Member's Bill, backed by the then Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins. The Government's commitment to equality has been strong and unequivocal. We have equalised the age of consent, outlawed discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of sexual orientation, secured protection from homophobic hate crimes and supported the abolition of section 28.

In creating a new legal relationship for same-sex couples, this Bill is a sign of the Government's commitment to social justice and equality. It is also a recognition of the realities of modern Britain. Across this country today thousands of same-sex couples have made the decision to share their lives, their home, their finances and the care of their children or of older relatives. They may have loved and cared for each other for many years, yet their relationship is invisible in the eyes of the law. The Bill sends a clear message about the importance of stable and committed same-sex relationships.

Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time:-

Those voting Aye in this division voted to move to Bill for recognising same-sex partnerships to the next stage.

The House divided: Ayes 426, Noes 49.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con66 36 (+2 tell)164.4%
DUP0 60100.0%
Independent1 0050.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab308 (+2 tell) 2076.7%
LDem42 0076.4%
PC3 0075.0%
SDLP2 0066.7%
SNP3 0060.0%
UUP0 3060.0%
Total:425 48173.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

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
Sir David AmessSouthend WestConno
James ArbuthnotNorth East HampshireConno
Paul BeresfordMole ValleyConno
Julian BrazierCanterburyConno
Christopher ChopeChristchurchConno
Patrick CormackSouth StaffordshireConno
Mr Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabno
Quentin DaviesGrantham and StamfordConno
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabno
Michael FallonSevenoaksConboth
Mr Adrian FlookTauntonConno
Mark FrancoisRayleighConno
Roger GaleNorth ThanetConno
John GummerSuffolk CoastalConno
Mr Nick HawkinsSurrey HeathConno
John HayesSouth Holland and The DeepingsConno
Mark HobanFarehamConno
Gerald HowarthAldershotConno
Greg KnightEast YorkshireConno
Edward LeighGainsboroughContellno
Peter LilleyHitchin and HarpendenConno
Dr Brian MawhinneyNorth West CambridgeshireConno
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkConno
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireConno
Owen PatersonNorth ShropshireConno
Andrew RobathanBlabyConno
Laurence RobertsonTewkesburyConno
Andrew RosindellRomfordConno
Michael SpicerWest WorcestershireConno
Bob SpinkCastle PointConno
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestConno
Mr John TaylorSolihullConno
Mr Michael TrendWindsorConno
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightConno
Nigel WatersonEastbourneConno
Angela WatkinsonUpminsterConno
Ann WiddecombeMaidstone and The WealdContellno
Mr John WilkinsonRuislip - NorthwoodConno
David WilshireSpelthorneConno
Ann WintertonCongletonwhilst Conno
Nicholas WintertonMacclesfieldConno

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