Racial and Religious Hatred Bill — 31 Jan 2006 at 19:49
The the original version of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill passed by the Commons on 11 July 2005 changed "racial hatred" to "racial and religious hatred" in several places in the Public Order Act 1986, and defined the offence with regard:
"to all... words, behaviour or material[s]... that are likely to be heard or seen by any person in whom... they are likely to stir up racial or religious hatred."
In place of this, the Lords applied "Lords amendment No. 4", resulting in a version that said:
A person who uses threatening words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, is guilty of an offence if he intends... to stir up religious hatred.
It went on to be very specific about the rules in relation to performances, witnesses making accurate statements in court, and the right of free expression.
Had the MPs voted against this Lords amendment, the Government would have substituted a new compromise version which was a combination of the two versions, but added the extra provision:
[A person] is guilty of an offence if... he intends... to stir up religious hatred, or... is reckless as to whether religious hatred would be stirred up [by his actions].
It appears that the fundamental dispute is that the Lords require there to be an intent to stir up hatred, rather than the intention to, say, crack a funny joke which the police happen to believe could be likely to stir up hatred.
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||183 (+1 tell)||0||0||93.9%|
|Lab||21||281 (+2 tell)||0||86.1%|
|LDem||59 (+1 tell)||0||0||96.8%|
|Joe Benton||Bootle||Lab (minister)||no|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Lab (minister)||no|
|Colin Challen||Morley and Rothwell||Lab (minister)||no|
|Frank Cook||Stockton North||Lab (minister)||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Bill Etherington||Sunderland North||Lab||no|
|Mark Fisher||Stoke-on-Trent Central||Lab||no|
|Paul Flynn||Newport West||Lab||no|
|Ian Gibson||Norwich North||Lab (minister)||no|
|John Grogan||Selby||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab||no|
|Andrew MacKinlay||Thurrock||Lab (minister)||no|
|John Martin McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||no|
|Gordon Prentice||Pendle||Lab (minister)||no|
|Geraldine Smith||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Lab||no|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab (minister)||no|
|Rudi Vis||Finchley and Golders Green||Lab||no|
|Robert Wareing||Liverpool, West Derby||whilst Lab||no|
|Tony Wright||Cannock Chase||Lab (minister)||no|