Motion to sit in Private — 25 Feb 2005 at 09:33

John Prescott MP, Kingston upon Hull East did not vote.

Eric Forth moved that the House sit in private, to ensure the early defeat of this motion and deny its use to anyone who wanted to disrupt the debate on a subsequent Private Members' Bill.

Specifically, the move was targeted at the Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill which was to be debated first and which would have set up a Commission on the laws on Cannabis.

See division 72 on 2005-10-28 for further details of this tactic

As a House of Commons matter, no whips were applied on this division.

(It's worth looking at the next three divisions that took place on the same day, all on private member's bills. The turnout was extremely low and quorum was nowhere near being achieved on any of them.)

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
Con8 0 (+2 tell)06.2%
Lab5 (+2 tell) 001.7%
LDem1 001.8%
Total:14 002.9%

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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Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)tellaye
Eric ForthBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)tellaye

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