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, 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 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.
There doesn't appear to be an up to date version of the Public Order Act 1986 which is anywhere accessible to the public.
-  Public Order Act 1986, Wikipedia
-  Public Order Act 1986, Statute Law Database (official, but very out of date)
-  Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, Schedule 22, published 11 November 2007
-  Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, Wikipedia.
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||5||149 (+1 tell)||0||79.9%|
|Lab||279 (+2 tell)||11 (+1 tell)||0||83.2%|
|Alan Beith||Berwick-upon-Tweed||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Joe Benton||Bootle||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Colin Breed||South East Cornwall||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Lab||aye|
|Jim Dobbin||Heywood and Middleton||Lab (minister)||tellaye|
|David Drew||Stroud||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Tim Farron||Westmorland and Lonsdale||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Paul Flynn||Newport West||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Roger Godsiff||Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath||Lab||aye|
|Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Peter Kilfoyle||Liverpool, Walton||Lab||aye|
|Greg Mulholland||Leeds North West||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Greg Pope||Hyndburn||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Geoffrey Robinson||Coventry North West||Lab||aye|
|Geraldine Smith||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Lab (minister)||aye|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab (minister)||aye|
|John Bercow||Buckingham||whilst Con (front bench)||no|
|Crispin Blunt||Reigate||Con (front bench)||no|
|Michael Fabricant||Lichfield||Con (front bench)||no|
|Robert Key||Salisbury||Con (front bench)||no|
|Ed Vaizey||Wantage||Con (front bench)||no|