Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Decline Second Reading — 3 Sep 2013 at 18:50
Owen Smith MP, Pontypridd voted against introducing a register of lobbyists, against increasing regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and against strengthening requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists.
The majority of MPs voted in favour of introducing a register of lobbyists, to increase regulation of campaigners who are not standing, or putting up candidates, in general elections and to strengthen requirements on trade unions to maintain up to date membership lists.
MPs were considering the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, they were debating a motion on if the Bill ought be read a second time, ie. if they approved the main principles of the Bill and were happy for it to continue on the path towards becoming law.
Parliament has summarised the main elements of the Bill as being:
- to introduce a statutory register of consultant lobbyists
- to more closely regulate election campaign spending by those not standing for election or registered as political parties
- to strengthen the legal requirements placed on trade unions in relation to their obligation to keep their list of members up to date.
An amendment which replaced the motion on a second reading was moved by Angela Eagle MP, that alternative motion which was rejected in this vote read:
- That this House
- affirms its belief in the need for greater transparency in the lobbying industry and in British politics, and considers that there should be a universal register of all professional lobbyists backed by a code of conduct and sanctions, clear rules on third party campaigning, and real reform to get the big money out of politics;
- but declines to give a Second Reading to the Transparency of Lobbying, Third Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill because the proposals on lobbying cover only a tiny minority of the industry and will make lobbying less transparent, and the proposals on third party campaigning amount to a gag on charities and campaigners who have a democratic right to participate in important debates in the run up to elections; and
- strongly believes that the publication of such a Bill should have been preceded by a full process of pre-legislative scrutiny and consultation with affected parties.
The operative element of that rejected motion was "declines to give a Second Reading ..."; the rest is an explanation of that stance.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill 2013-14
-  Angela Eagle MP (Wallasey, Labour), House of Commons, 3 September 2013
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||271 (+1 tell)||0||0||89.2%|
|Lab||0||225 (+2 tell)||0||88.0%|
|LDem||41 (+1 tell)||1||0||76.8%|
|David Ward||Bradford East||LDem (front bench)||aye|