Protection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation) — 9 Jan 2008 at 19:30

The majority voted against including a freedom of speech clause into Part III (racial hatred) of the Public Order Act 1986,[1][2] which would have said:

Nothing in this Part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion of, criticism of or expressions of antipathy towards, conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct related to that orientation.

The precise implementation of this motion, had it been passed, would have been to insert a new section 13A into schedule 22 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill[3] that, when enforced, would have inserted a new section 29JA into the part of the Public Order Act 1986 which had been heavily amended by the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.[4]

There doesn't appear to be an up to date version of the Public Order Act 1986 which is anywhere accessible to the public.

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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
Con5 149 (+1 tell)079.9%
DUP0 5055.6%
Independent2 0050.0%
Lab279 (+2 tell) 11 (+1 tell)083.2%
LDem50 4085.7%
PC2 0066.7%
Total:338 169081.8%

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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John BercowBuckinghamwhilst Con (front bench)no
Crispin BluntReigateCon (front bench)no
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)no
Robert KeySalisburyCon (front bench)no
Ed VaizeyWantageCon (front bench)no
Joe BentonBootleLab (minister)aye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLab (minister)tellaye
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLab (minister)aye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabaye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLab (minister)aye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLab (minister)aye
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDem (front bench)aye
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDem (front bench)aye
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye

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