Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Definition of Domestic Abuse Used In Relation to Eligibility for Civil Legal Aid — 31 Oct 2011 at 22:00

The majority of MPs voted against explicitly including threats plus financial and emotional abuse in the definition of domestic abuse used in relation to the award of civil legal aid to domestic abuse victims.

MPs were considering the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill[1]. The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 92, page 103, line 35, leave out ‘physical or mental abuse’ and insert ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether physical, mental, financial or emotional)

This would have taken effect on Schedule 1, clause 10(9) of the Bill which defines victims of domestic violence for the purposes of eligibility for civil legal aid.

The relevant section remained, following the rejection of the amendment, stating:

  • In this paragraph “abuse” means physical or mental abuse, including—
  • (a) sexual abuse, and
  • (b) abuse in the form of violence, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation;

The effect of the amendment would have been to explicitly expand the definition of abuse to include threats, financial and emotional abuse.


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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
Con266 (+1 tell) 1087.6%
DUP0 2025.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 224 (+1 tell)087.2%
LDem38 (+1 tell) 7182.5%
PC0 2 (+1 tell)0100.0%
Total:304 237186.3%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Richard OttawayCroydon SouthCon (front bench)aye
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Mike HancockPortsmouth Southwhilst LDem (front bench)aye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDem (front bench)aye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
David WardBradford EastLDem (front bench)aye
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDem (front bench)aye
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDem (front bench)both

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