Support For Members Who Have Chosen Not To Take Their Seats — 10 Mar 2005 at 16:29

Amendment proposed: (b), in line 4, leave out from "effect" to end.-[Mr. Lidington.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:-
The House divided: Ayes 171, Noes 357.

The amendment is to remove the detail of which parts of the 18 December 2001 Resolution be suspended. The Resolution allowed Sinn Féin MPs to gain some of the parliamentary privileges (office space and expenses, mainly) enjoyed by other MPs, but without having to take their seats (which would involve taking an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen).

The motion itself, as proposed by the Leader of the House and the Northern Ireland Secretary, suspends only the expenses for Sinn Féin MPs. This amendment, supported mainly by Conservatives and Unionists, would have suspended all their privileges. That it fell means that the four Sinn Féin MPs get to keep their office space and so on, but lose around £40,000-worth of expenses.

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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
Con2 132 (+2 tell)084.5%
DUP0 6085.7%
Independent0 2066.7%
Lab334 (+2 tell) 5083.6%
LDem21 22078.2%
UUP0 4080.0%
Total:357 171083.3%

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

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDemno
Don FosterBathLDemno
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Sarah TeatherBrent EastLDemno
Julian BrazierCanterburyConno
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDemno
Mr Nigel JonesCheltenhamLDemno
Mr Iain LukeDundee EastLabaye
Mrs Anne PickingEast LothianLabaye
Mr David ChidgeyEastleighLDemno
Malcolm BruceGordonLDemno
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDemno
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemno
Mr Parmjit GillLeicester SouthLDemno
Norman BakerLewesLDemno
Mr Matthew GreenLudlowLDemno
David HamiltonMidlothianLabaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemno
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemno
Dr Jenny TongeRichmond ParkLDemno
Charles KennedyRoss, Skye and Inverness WestLDemno
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDemno
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDemno
Matthew TaylorTruro and St AustellLDemno
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Mr Brian CotterWeston-Super-MareLDemno
Mark OatenWinchesterLDemno
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConno

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