Scotland Bill — New Clause 2 — Constitutional Convention — 15 Jun 2015 at 21:30

The majority of MPs voted against a Constitutional Convention to analyse and design future governance arrangements for the United Kingdom which would have reported by 31 March 2016.

MPs were considering the Scotland Bill[1]

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was:

  • (1) The Prime Minister shall establish a Constitutional Convention within one month of the day on which this act is passed.
  • (2) The Chair and Members of the Constitutional Convention shall be appointed in accordance with a process to be laid before, and approved by, resolution in each House of Parliament.
  • (3) The Chair of the Constitutional Convention is not permitted to be a Member of Parliament or a member of a political party.
  • (4) Members of the Constitutional must include, but not be limited to, the following—
  • (a) members of the public, chosen by lot through the jury system, who shall comprise the majority of those participating in the convention;
  • (b) elected representatives at all levels;
  • (c) representatives of civil society organisations and, in an advisory role, academia.
  • (5) The Constitutional Convention shall review and make recommendations in relation to future governance arrangements for the United Kingdom, including but not limited to the following—
  • (a) the role and voting rights of Members of the House of Commons;
  • (b) democratic reform of the House of Lords;
  • (c) further sub-national devolution within England;
  • (d) codification of the constitution.
  • (6) The Constitutional Convention shall engage in widespread consultation across the nations and regions of the UK, and must provide a report to both Houses of Parliament by 31 March 2016.
  • (7) The Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a formal response to each recommendation of the Constitutional Convention within four months of the publication of the final report from the Constitutional Convention.”

The text of the rejected motion was:

  • That the clause be read a Second time.

Explanatory text accompanying the rejected clause stated:

  • This New Clause provides an outline for a Constitutional Convention selected from the widest possible number of groups in society to analyse and design future governance arrangements for the United Kingdom, and to report by 31 March 2016.


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con306 (+2 tell) 0093.3%
DUP0 2025.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab0 205 (+2 tell)089.2%
LDem0 4050.0%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 2066.7%
UUP0 1050.0%
Total:306 218089.8%

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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