Opposition Day — Police and Crime Commissioner Elections — 24 Oct 2012 at 18:50
The majority of MPs voted to support plans to hold Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November rather than May.
The text of the motion rejected in this vote was:
- That this House
- notes with serious concern the Electoral Reform Society’s warning that the police and crime commissioner elections ‘threaten to result in the lowest turnout of any nationwide election in British history’ following the Government’s decision to hold the elections on 15 November 2012;
- further notes that the Electoral Reform Society is predicting that turnout will be significantly lower than at the local elections, held in May;
- believes the Government’s cuts to 15,000 police officers demonstrates its wrong-headed attitude to policing;
- is concerned about the effect this has on police morale;
- further notes that Ministers have confirmed that the Government has broken its promise not to cut frontline police officers by taking 6,800 police officers off the front line;
- is concerned that Government policy is removing crucial tools for the police to catch offenders and tackle crime in the future, such as restricting the use of CCTV and DNA evidence and the abolition of ASBOs; and
- believes that the Government’s decision to hold elections in November rather than in May wastes public money that should be spent on front line police.
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||242 (+1 tell)||1||0||80.0%|
|Lab||0||207 (+2 tell)||1||83.0%|
|LDem||45 (+1 tell)||0||0||80.7%|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Emily Thornberry||Islington South and Finsbury||Lab (minister)||both|