Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in terms of justice and home affairs — rejected — 29 Jan 2008 at 19:08

The majority No voters rejected an amendment[1] that would have disapproved of:

  • 'the Government's policy towards the Treaty of Lisbon in respect of provisions concerning fighting cross-border crime, justice, policing, human trafficking and asylum and migration policy.'

The Conservatives argued that they disapproved because:

  • 'the Treaty weakens the UK's ability to determine its own policy in these important fields [and...] abolishes the safeguard of the national veto in almost all remaining areas in justice and home affairs matters.'[2]

However, Jim Murphy MP argued:

  • 'The Government fundamentally respect national boundaries and borders, but it is clear that criminals and terrorists do not. That is why EU co-operation at this level is so vital. It is only by working with our European partners that we can better combat organised crime, terrorism and illegal immigration, that we can bring criminals to justice and that we can ensure rights and legal certainty for all EU citizens.'[3]

As the amendment was not carried, the House approved the Government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in the areas of justice and home affairs.


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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
Con0 157 (+2 tell)082.4%
DUP0 1011.1%
Independent2 1075.0%
Independent Labour1 00100.0%
Lab298 (+2 tell) 7187.5%
LDem51 0081.0%
PC3 00100.0%
SNP4 0066.7%
Total:359 166184.0%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Ian DavidsonGlasgow South WestLab (minister)aye
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLab (minister)aye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)aye
David MarshallGlasgow EastLab (minister)aye
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLab (minister)aye
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLab (minister)aye
Betty WilliamsConwyLabboth

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