European Union Referendum Bill — New Clause 3 — Publication of Campaign Material by Government and Public Bodies — 16 Jun 2015 at 18:00

The majority of MPs voted to allow central and local government to publish campaigning material in the run-up to the referendum on if the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

The provisions also apply to public bodies.

MPs were considering the European Union Referendum Bill[1].

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote stated:

  • (1) This section applies to any material, which—
  • (a) provides general information about the referendum,
  • (b) deals with any of the issues raised by the referendum question,
  • (c) puts any arguments for or against any outcome, or
  • (d) is designed to encourage voting at the referendum.
  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), no material to which this section applies is to be published during the relevant period by or on behalf of—
  • (a) the UK government,
  • (b) the House of Commons or House of Lords,
  • (c) the devolved administrations,
  • (d) any local authority,
  • (e) public bodies, or
  • (f) the European Commission and European Parliament.
  • (3) Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply to—
  • (a) existing material made available to persons in response to specific requests for information or to persons specifically seeking access to it, or
  • (b) anything done by or on behalf of—
  • (i) a designated organisation,
  • (ii) the Electoral Commission, or
  • (c) the Chief Counting Officer or any other counting officer, or
  • (d) the publication of information relating to the holding of the poll.
  • (4) In this paragraph—
  • “publish” means make available to the public at large, or any section of the public, in whatever form and by whatever means (and “publication” is to be construed accordingly),
  • “the relevant period” means the period of 28 days ending with the date of the referendum.
  • (a) A breach of the rules set out in this section, will be an offence.
  • (b) A person guilty of an offence under this section, is liable—
  • (i) on conviction on indictment, to a fine;
  • (ii) on summary conviction in England and Wales, to a fine;
  • (iii) on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;
  • (iv) on summary conviction in Gibraltar, to a fine note exceeding level 5 on the Gibraltar standard scale.


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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
Con311 (+2 tell) 5096.4%
DUP0 7087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab0 100.4%
LDem0 1012.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 54 (+2 tell)0100.0%
UKIP0 10100.0%
UUP1 0050.0%
Total:313 75060.8%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Bill CashStoneCon (front bench)aye
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)aye
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexCon (front bench)aye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthConaye

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