Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — That the Question now be proposed — 18 May 2007 at 10:15

The majority of MPs voted in favour of formally considering amendments to the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill designed to remove Parliament and MPs from the power of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Specifically, the sponsor of the Bill moved "that the Question now be put"[1] (the Question being whether any amendments to this Bill be made). Normally this is a quick formality, but the opponents of the Bill, who knew that there was a majority of MPs in favour of this Bill,[2] were trying to slow down the process so it would run out of time (as they succeeded in doing previously).[3]

During a filibuster, every Parliamentary procedure is available to slow things down, so the day began with the deposition of a large number of petitions[4] which some members thought were somewhat suspicious.[5]

These amendments were voted on in Division 120 and Division 121

The votes during the previous debate are Division 94 and Division 95

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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
Con26 (+1 tell) 3015.3%
Lab87 (+1 tell) 9027.6%
LDem0 14 (+2 tell)025.4%
PC0 1033.3%
Total:113 27023.5%

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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James ClappisonHertsmereCon (front bench)no
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Richard ShepherdAldridge-BrownhillsCon (front bench)no
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLab (minister)no
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabno
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabno
Martin LintonBatterseaLab (minister)no
Fiona MactaggartSloughLab (minister)no
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLab (minister)no
Peter SoulsbyLeicester SouthLab (minister)no
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)no

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