Political Parties and Elections Bill — to throw out — rejected — 20 Oct 2008 at 21:43
- This House declines to give a Second Reading to the Political Parties and Elections Bill, because it
- imposes arbitrary and partisan new local spending rules at the end of a Parliament, which are designed to give an unfair advantage to Labour hon. Members in marginal seats in the forthcoming general election,
- proposes the commencement of vague trigger rules at Royal Assent, before Electoral Commission guidance has been produced, in contravention of the Government Code of Practice on Guidance on Regulation,
- contains new powers of entry into people's homes which risk undermining public confidence in giving to political parties,
- imposes disproportionate additional costs on local constituency associations and voluntary political parties, fails to tackle growing concern over electoral fraud, and
- lacks a comprehensive package of proposals to restore trust in politics, which would include the introduction of individual voter registration and an across-the-board cap on donations covering individuals, business and the trade unions.
Following the rejection of this proposed motion, the MPs then voted again to give the Bill its Second Reading.
-  Francis Maude MP, House of Commons, 20 October 2008
-  Division 276, House of Commons, 20 October 2008
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||0||158 (+2 tell)||0||82.9%|
|Lab||287 (+2 tell)||0||0||82.8%|