Motion to Sit in Private — 3 Nov 2017

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.

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Philip DaviesShipleyContellaye
Eddie HughesWalsall NorthContellaye
Edward ArgarCharnwoodConno
Victoria AtkinsLouth and HorncastleConno
Steve BarclayNorth East CambridgeshireConno
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConno
James CartlidgeSouth SuffolkConno
Alex ChalkCheltenhamConno
James CleverlyBraintreeConno
Therese CoffeySuffolk CoastalConno
Oliver DowdenHertsmereConno
Jackie Doyle-PriceThurrockConno
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyConno
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterConno
Kevin FosterTorbayConno
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyConno
Luke GrahamOchil and South PerthshireConno
Richard HarringtonWatfordwhilst Conno
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointConno
James HeappeyWellsConno
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryConno
Philip HolloboneKetteringConno
Nick HurdRuislip, Northwood and PinnerConno
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexConno
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughConno
Kwasi KwartengSpelthorneConno
Jeremy LefroyStaffordConno
Kit MalthouseNorth West HampshireConno
Wendy MortonAldridge-BrownhillsConno
Sheryll MurraySouth East CornwallConno
Guy OppermanHexhamConno
Christopher PincherTamworthConno
Victoria PrentisBanburyConno
Tom PursgloveCorbyConno
Will QuinceColchesterConno
David RutleyMacclesfieldConno
Chris SkidmoreKingswoodConno
Andrew StephensonPendleConno
Rory StewartPenrith and The Borderwhilst Conno
Rishi SunakRichmond (Yorks)Conno
Kelly TolhurstRochester and StroodConno
Michael TomlinsonMid Dorset and North PooleConno
Anne-Marie TrevelyanBerwick-upon-TweedConno
Helen WhatelyFaversham and Mid KentConno
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireConno
Mike WoodDudley SouthConno
Caroline LucasBrighton, PavilionGreenno
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabno
Mike AmesburyWeaver ValeLabno
Tonia AntoniazziGowerLabno
Hilary BennLeeds CentralLabno
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLabno
Tracy BrabinBatley and SpenLabno
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLabno
Ruth CadburyBrentford and IsleworthLabno
Alan CampbellTynemouthLabtellno
Dan CardenLiverpool, WaltonLabno
Julie CooperBurnleyLabno
Mary CreaghWakefieldLabno
John CryerLeyton and WansteadLabno
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLabno
Marsha de CordovaBatterseaLabno
Thangam DebbonaireBristol WestLabno
Peter DowdBootleLabno
David DrewStroudLabno
Jack DromeyBirmingham, ErdingtonLabno
Chris ElmoreOgmoreLabno
Bill EstersonSefton CentralLabno
Vicky FoxcroftLewisham, DeptfordLabtellno
James FrithBury NorthLabno
Hugh GaffneyCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabno
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLabno
Ruth GeorgeHigh PeakLabno
Andrew GwynneDenton and ReddishLabno
Louise HaighSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Fabian HamiltonLeeds North EastLabno
David HansonDelynLabno
Carolyn HarrisSwansea EastLabno
Sue HaymanWorkingtonLabno
Rupa HuqEaling Central and ActonLabno
Dan JarvisBarnsley CentralLabno
Darren JonesBristol North WestLabno
Gerald JonesMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLabno
Susan Elan JonesClwyd SouthLabno
Afzal KhanManchester, GortonLabno
Ged KillenRutherglen and Hamilton WestLabno
Stephen KinnockAberavonLabno
Karen LeeLincolnLabno
Clive LewisNorwich SouthLabno
Tony LloydRochdaleLabno
Justin MaddersEllesmere Port and NestonLabno
Sandy MartinIpswichLabno
Chris MathesonCity of ChesterLabno
Andy McDonaldMiddlesbroughLabno
Jim McMahonOldham West and RoytonLabno
Grahame MorrisEasingtonLabno
Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthLabno
Alex NorrisNottingham NorthLabno
Chi OnwurahNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabno
Albert OwenYnys MônLabno
Stephanie PeacockBarnsley EastLabno
Matthew PennycookGreenwich and WoolwichLabno
Jess PhillipsBirmingham, YardleyLabno
Laura PidcockNorth West DurhamLabno
Luke PollardPlymouth, Sutton and DevonportLabno
Steve ReedCroydon NorthLabno
Ellie ReevesLewisham West and PengeLabno
Jonathan ReynoldsStalybridge and HydeLabno
Marie RimmerSt Helens South and WhistonLabno
Cat SmithLancaster and FleetwoodLabno
Jeff SmithManchester, WithingtonLabno
Jo StevensCardiff CentralLabno
Nick Thomas-SymondsTorfaenLabno
Stephen TimmsEast HamLabno
Liz TwistBlaydonLabno
Thelma WalkerColne ValleyLabno
Matt WesternWarwick and LeamingtonLabno
Martin WhitfieldEast LothianLabno
Daniel ZeichnerCambridgeLabno
Alistair CarmichaelOrkney and ShetlandLDemno
Wera HobhouseBathLDemno
Ben LakeCeredigionPCno
Kirsty BlackmanAberdeen NorthSNPno
Alison ThewlissGlasgow CentralSNPno

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