Prayers — Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill — 13 Mar 2009 at 13:09

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Today is an interesting day-Friday the 13th, red nose day. I hope that we do not have too many red faces on the Front Bench, let alone red noses. I am disappointed that, despite what seemed to be-and what I hoped would be-the sympathetic line being taken by my Government, some strange tactics were being used earlier in the week. Letters in the name of the Whip have gone out to certain Members asking them to come and speak against the Bill. I find that quite appalling and quite underhand. It is a very strange thing to do, especially when the Minister and I were still in negotiations on the Bill and had not yet met to come to an agreement. For somebody to prejudge those discussions is quite appalling, so I hope that there are some red faces.

Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The House divided: Ayes 85, Noes 17.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con2 1307.8%
Independent2 0033.3%
Independent Labour1 00100.0%
Lab76 (+2 tell) 4 (+2 tell)024.0%
LDem4 006.3%
Total:85 17017.3%

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)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Pat McFaddenWolverhampton South EastLab (minister)no
Chris MoleIpswichLab (minister)tellno
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)no
Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLab (minister)no
Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLab (minister)tellno
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLab (minister)no

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