Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — New Clause 26 — Offence of Squatting in a Residential building — 1 Nov 2011 at 22:00
The majority of MPs voted to introduce a new offence of of squatting in a residential building.
MPs were considering the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That the clause be read a Second time.
The clause in question was New Clause 26 titled Offence of squatting in a residential building which introduces and defines that offence.
The clause starts:
- ‘(1) A person commits an offence if—
- (a) the person is in a residential building as a trespasser having entered it as a trespasser,
- (b) the person knows or ought to know that he or she is a trespasser, and
- (c) the person is living in the building or intends to live there for any period.
- (2) The offence is not committed by a person holding over after the end of a lease or licence (even if the person leaves and re-enters the building).
The clause goes on to further define the offence.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (now an Act)
-  Amendment sheet page including proposed New Clause 26
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||230 (+2 tell)||0||0||75.8%|
|Lab||10||4 (+2 tell)||0||6.2%|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab (minister)||tellno|
|Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||tellno|
|John Martin McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||no|
|Mike Wood||Batley and Spen||Lab||no|
|Andrew George||St Ives||LDem (front bench)||no|
|Martin Horwood||Cheltenham||LDem (front bench)||no|
|David Ward||Bradford East||LDem (front bench)||no|