Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill — Second Reading — Positive Discrimination — 21 Oct 2011 at 13:20

The majority of MPs voted to allow public bodies to positively discriminate during recruitment and appointment processes in favour of groups of people based on age, sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, disability, religion, socio-economic status of members; and for the continuation of the exemption from equalities law permiting political parties to discriminate on the basis of sex to attempt to reduce inequality in the numbers of men and women elected.

MPs were considering the Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill[1]. The motion rejected in this vote was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The rejection of the motion meant the Bill made no further progress towards becoming law.

The Bill sought to:

  • Prohibit public authorities promoting or engaging in positive action when recruiting employees and making appointments; with positive actio defined as action intended to give a benefit or encouragement to a particular group based on the age, sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, disability, religion, socio-economic status of members of that group of people.
  • Repeal the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 which excludes political parties selecting candidates from the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 allowing discrimination on the basis of sex "for the purpose of reducing inequality in the numbers of men and women elected, as candidates of the party, to be members of the body concerned".


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All Votes Cast - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party are marked in red. Also shows which MPs were ministers at the time of this vote. You can also see every eligible MP including those who did not vote in this division.

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Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)aye
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)tellaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)tellaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)aye
Henry BellinghamNorth West NorfolkCon (front bench)no
Crispin BluntReigateCon (front bench)no
Michael FallonSevenoaksCon (front bench)no
Mark FrancoisRayleigh and WickfordCon (front bench)no
Mike FreerFinchley and Golders GreenCon (front bench)no
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Chris GraylingEpsom and EwellCon (front bench)no
Damian GreenAshfordCon (front bench)no
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamCon (front bench)tellno
Charles HendryWealdenCon (front bench)no
Nick HurdRuislip, Northwood and PinnerCon (front bench)no
Daniel KawczynskiShrewsbury and AtchamConno
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)no
Anne MiltonGuildfordCon (front bench)no
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)no
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyCon (front bench)no
James PaiceSouth East CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareCon (front bench)no
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetCon (front bench)no
David WillettsHavantCon (front bench)no
Jeremy WrightKenilworth and SouthamCon (front bench)tellno
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)no
Rushanara AliBethnal Green and BowLab (minister)no
Ian AustinDudley NorthLab (minister)no
Chris BryantRhonddaLab (minister)no
Alan CampbellTynemouthLab (minister)no
Mary CreaghWakefieldLab (minister)no
Wayne DavidCaerphillyLab (minister)no
Angela EagleWallaseyLab (minister)no
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLab (minister)no
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLab (minister)no
Tom GreatrexRutherglen and Hamilton WestLab (minister)no
David HamiltonMidlothianLab (minister)no
Sharon HodgsonWashington and Sunderland WestLab (minister)no
Glenda JacksonHampstead and KilburnLab (minister)no
Chris LeslieNottingham EastLab (minister)no
Geoffrey RobinsonCoventry North WestLabno
Alison SeabeckPlymouth, Moor ViewLab (minister)no
Iain WrightHartlepoolLab (minister)no
Stephen GilbertSt Austell and NewquayLDem (front bench)no
Adrian SandersTorbayLDemno

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