Backbench Business — Iran — Rule out Use of Force — Redouble Diplomatic Efforts — 20 Feb 2012 at 21:54

The majority of MPs voted against ruling out the use of force against Iran and seeking to reduce tensions by redoubling diplomatic efforts.

The majority of MPs voted to replace a motion which stated:

  • That this House
  • believes that the use of force against Iran would be wholly counterproductive and would serve only to encourage any development of nuclear weapons; and
  • calls upon the Government to rule out the use of force against Iran and reduce tensions by redoubling diplomatic efforts.


  • That this House
  • ‘supports the Government’s efforts to reach a peaceful, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through a combination of pressure in the form of robust sanctions, and engagement led by the E3+3 comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, China and Russia; and
  • recognises the value of making clear to Iran that all options for addressing the issue remain on the table.’.

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con148 (+1 tell) 1 (+1 tell)049.3%
DUP1 0012.5%
Lab105 3041.9%
LDem27 (+1 tell) 0049.1%
PC0 1 (+1 tell)066.7%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP4 0066.7%
Total:285 6046.0%

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

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Steven BakerWycombeCon (front bench)tellno
John BaronBasildon and BillericayCon (front bench)no
Paul FlynnNewport WestLab (minister)no
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno

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