Coroners and Justice Bill — Clause 45 — Sexual infidelity as a partial defence to a muder charge. — 9 Nov 2009 at 20:00
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (No).
The House of Lords had made amendment 55 which was to leave out amendment section (c) completely.  The original section (c), which the Lords had wanted to leave out of the bill completely stated:
The fact that a thing done or said constituted sexual infidelity is to be disregarded.All Liberal Democrats, with the exception of Mike Hancock MP, abstained from the vote. Liberal Democrat David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, had tabled the following amendment in lieu of the Lords' amendment:— (a) Page 29, line 19, leave out paragraph (c) and insert—
‘(c) where D acted principally out of a desire to punish V for any act, whether by V or by any other person, which D perceived at the time to amount to sexual infidelity, or where D acted principally out of sexual jealousy or envy, the circumstances shall not constitute “circumstances of an extremely grave character” for the purposes of subsection (4)(a).’.It appears the Liberal Democrats abstained because they wanted an outcome not in line with either of the options on offer.
The House divided: Ayes 299, Noes 145.
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||135 (+2 tell)||0||71.0%|
|Lab||295 (+2 tell)||0||0||85.1%|
|Mike Hancock||Portsmouth South||LDem (front bench)||both|
|Richard Younger-Ross||Teignbridge||LDem (front bench)||both|