Business of the House — Size of the Backbench Business Committee — 15 Jun 2010 at 21:03

The majority of MPs voted against making the Backbench Business Committee larger than the Government had proposed.

The amendment, which was rejected in this vote, proposed making it so the committee would comprise a chair and fifteen members of whom eight would comprise a quorum. The original motion stated:

  • "The committee shall consist of a chair and seven other Members, of whom four shall be a quorum."

The purpose of the Backbench Business Committee is "to determine the backbench business to be taken in the House and in Westminster Hall on days, or parts of days, allotted for backbench business."

During the debate SNP MP Pete Wishart explained why he was seeking to make the committee larger - he said it would make it more likely to contain representation from the minority parties.

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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con254 (+2 tell) 6085.6%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab30 84044.2%
LDem47 1084.2%
PC0 1 (+1 tell)066.7%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 5 (+1 tell)0100.0%
Total:331 100068.6%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Anne BeggAberdeen SouthLab (minister)no
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabno
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLabno
Helen GoodmanBishop AucklandLab (minister)no
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabno
Malcolm WicksCroydon NorthLabno
Angie BrayEaling Central and ActonConaye
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLab (minister)no
Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthLabno
Margaret CurranGlasgow EastLabno
William BainGlasgow North EastLab (minister)no
Ian DavidsonGlasgow South WestLab (minister)no
Lindsay RoyGlenrothesLab (minister)no
Bob BlackmanHarrow EastConaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Emily ThornberryIslington South and FinsburyLab (minister)no
Peter SoulsbyLeicester SouthLabno
Liz KendallLeicester WestLabno
David HamiltonMidlothianLab (minister)no
Justin TomlinsonNorth SwindonConaye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabno
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabno
Tom GreatrexRutherglen and Hamilton WestLabno
Nicholas DakinScunthorpeLabno
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLabno
Clive BettsSheffield South EastLab (minister)no
Meg MunnSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Fiona MactaggartSloughLabno
Alan WhiteheadSouthampton, TestLabno
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDemaye
Jonathan ReynoldsStalybridge and HydeLabno
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)no
Bill CashStoneCon (front bench)aye
Chuka UmunnaStreathamLabno
John StanleyTonbridge and MallingCon (front bench)aye
Adrian BaileyWest Bromwich WestLabno

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