Opposition Day — Badger Cull — 5 Jun 2013 at 15:50

Julian Smith MP, Skipton and Ripon voted in favour of culling badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis.

The majority of MPs voted in favour of culling badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis.

MPs were debating a motion:

  • That this House believes the badger cull should not go ahead.

In this vote was an amendment was accepted which stated:

  • to leave out from “House” to the end of the Question and add:

  • notes that bovine tuberculosis (TB) has, as a consequence of the lack of effective counter-measures, spread from a few isolated incidents to affect large parts of England and Wales, resulting in the slaughter of 28,000 cattle in England alone in 2012 at a cost of £100 million to the taxpayer;
  • is concerned that 305,000 cattle have been slaughtered in Great Britain as a result of bovine TB in the last decade and that the cost is expected to rise to over £1 billion over the next 10 years;
  • recognises that to deal effectively with the disease every available tool should be employed;
  • accordingly welcomes the strengthening of bio-security measures and stringent controls on cattle movements;
  • further welcomes the research and investment into both cattle and badger vaccines, and better diagnostic testing, but recognises that despite positive work with the European Commission the use of a viable and legal cattle vaccine has been confirmed to be still at least 10 years away;
  • further notes that no country has successfully borne down on bovine TB without dealing with infection in the wildlife population, and that the Randomised Badger Control Trials demonstrated both the link between infection in badgers and in cattle and that culling significantly reduces incidence;
  • looks forward to the successful conclusion of the current pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset; and
  • welcomes the Government’s development of a comprehensive strategy to reverse the spread of bovine TB and officially eradicate this disease.”

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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
Con261 (+1 tell) 3187.2%
DUP5 0062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 229 (+2 tell)089.5%
LDem29 (+1 tell) 1055.4%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP0 2066.7%
Total:297 236184.9%

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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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)no
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordCon (front bench)no
Stephen McPartlandStevenageConno
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)both
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)no

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