Political Parties and Elections Bill — Innocent mistakes allowed in a donor's declaration — rejected — 2 Mar 2009 at 19:10
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (Aye).
The majority of MPs voted against including a subsection in the Political Parties and Elections Bill (in a part which will eventually be added to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000 when it is passed) regulating the "Declaration as to source of donation" of money to a political party.
The Bill already expresses that:
- A person who knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration [of the source of a donation to a political party] commits an offence.
The additional subsection said:
- A person does not commit an offence if, in the reasonable opinion of the [Electoral Commission], the person had no intention of making, or by innocent mistake made, a false declaration...
but this was voted down.
-  Jonathan Djanogly MP, House of Commons, 2 March 2009
-  Amendment 121, House of Commons, 2 March 2009
-  Declaration as to source of donation, Clause 8, Political Parties and Elections Bill
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||296 (+2 tell)||0||0||85.1%|