Motion to Sit in Private — 28 Feb 2014 at 09:30

The majority of MPs voted not to hold a private session of the House of Commons.

The text of the motion rejected in the vote was:

  • That the House sit in private.

The House of Commons' Standing Order No. 163 says:

  • If at any sitting of the House... any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker... shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting.

Moving the motion to sit in private is almost always a procedural tactic. By ensuring the defeat of a motion to sit in private at the beginning of the sitting, the mover makes it impossible for any member to move the motion during a subsequent debate.

If such a motion is brought during the debate on a Bill, and fewer than 40 MPs vote in it, then the debate ends immediately regardless of the result (following Standing Order 44). Such an ending of debate occurred on the 14th of March 2003. The points of order following that division show MPs questioning the appropriateness of the tactic.

Moving a motion to sit in private is often done first thing on a Friday morning. Moving the motion ensures it can't be moved later in the day, when MPs might have returned to their constituencies for the weekend and too few members may be present to reach the 40 member threshold leading to the discussion of the business before the house (typically private members' Bills) being brought to an end.

See also What is a motion to sit in private? from the PublicWhip FAQ.

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All Votes Cast - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party are marked in red. Also shows which MPs were ministers at the time of this vote. You can also see every eligible MP including those who did not vote in this division.

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Therese CoffeySuffolk CoastalContellaye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)tellaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)aye
Gregory BarkerBexhill and BattleCon (front bench)no
Andrew BinghamHigh PeakCon (front bench)no
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)no
Dan BylesNorth WarwickshireCon (front bench)no
Greg ClarkTunbridge WellsCon (front bench)no
Stephen CrabbPreseli PembrokeshireCon (front bench)tellno
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)no
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)no
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Stephen HammondWimbledonCon (front bench)no
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamCon (front bench)no
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointCon (front bench)no
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)no
Jeremy LefroyStaffordCon (front bench)no
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareCon (front bench)no
Stephen PhillipsSleaford and North HykehamCon (front bench)no
Daniel PoulterCentral Suffolk and North IpswichCon (front bench)no
Hugh RobertsonFaversham and Mid KentCon (front bench)no
Amber RuddHastings and RyeCon (front bench)tellno
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthConno
Ed VaizeyWantageCon (front bench)no
Jeremy WrightKenilworth and SouthamCon (front bench)no
Jon AshworthLeicester SouthLab (minister)no
David BlunkettSheffield, Brightside and HillsboroughLabno
Lyn BrownWest HamLab (minister)no
Alan CampbellTynemouthLab (minister)no
Thomas DochertyDunfermline and West FifeLab (minister)no
Clive EffordElthamLab (minister)no
Tom GreatrexRutherglen and Hamilton WestLab (minister)no
Andrew GwynneDenton and ReddishLab (minister)no
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (minister)no
Ian MearnsGatesheadLab (minister)no
Bridget PhillipsonHoughton and Sunderland SouthLab (minister)no
Alison SeabeckPlymouth, Moor ViewLab (minister)no
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)no
Stephen TwiggLiverpool, West DerbyLab (minister)no
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLab (minister)no
Iain WrightHartlepoolLab (minister)no
Norman BakerLewesLDem (front bench)no
Dan RogersonNorth CornwallLDem (front bench)no
Steve WebbThornbury and YateLDem (front bench)no
Stephen WilliamsBristol WestLDem (front bench)no
Jennifer WillottCardiff CentralLDem (front bench)no

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