Motion to Sit in Private — 27 Apr 2018

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
Gareth JohnsonDartfordContellaye
David MorrisMorecambe and LunesdaleCon (front bench)tellaye
Edward ArgarCharnwoodConno
Harriett BaldwinWest WorcestershireCon (front bench)no
Guto BebbAberconwywhilst Con (front bench)no
Karen BradleyStaffordshire MoorlandsCon (front bench)no
Fiona BruceCongletonCon (front bench)no
James CartlidgeSouth SuffolkConno
Alex ChalkCheltenhamCon (front bench)no
Robert CourtsWitneyConno
Stephen CrabbPreseli PembrokeshireCon (front bench)no
Michelle DonelanChippenhamCon (front bench)no
Oliver DowdenHertsmereCon (front bench)no
George EusticeCamborne and RedruthCon (front bench)no
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)no
Kevin FosterTorbayCon (front bench)no
Nusrat GhaniWealdenCon (front bench)no
Sam GyimahEast Surreywhilst Con (front bench)no
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointCon (front bench)tellno
James HeappeyWellsConno
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryCon (front bench)no
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)no
Nigel HuddlestonMid WorcestershireConno
Nick HurdRuislip, Northwood and PinnerCon (front bench)no
Margot JamesStourbridgewhilst Con (front bench)no
Julian KnightSolihullCon (front bench)no
Wendy MortonAldridge-BrownhillsCon (front bench)tellno
Sarah NewtonTruro and FalmouthCon (front bench)no
Chris PhilpCroydon SouthConno
Christopher PincherTamworthCon (front bench)no
Tom PursgloveCorbyConno
Jeremy QuinHorshamCon (front bench)no
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)no
Henry SmithCrawleyCon (front bench)no
Rory StewartPenrith and The Borderwhilst Con (front bench)no
Mel StrideCentral DevonCon (front bench)no
Graham StuartBeverley and HoldernessCon (front bench)no
Maggie ThroupErewashConno
Kelly TolhurstRochester and StroodCon (front bench)no
Michael TomlinsonMid Dorset and North PooleCon (front bench)no
Craig TraceyNorth WarwickshireConno
Robin WalkerWorcesterCon (front bench)no
David WarburtonSomerton and FromeCon (front bench)no
Jeremy WrightKenilworth and SouthamCon (front bench)no
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLabaye
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLab (minister)no
Chris BryantRhonddaLab (minister)no
Bambos CharalambousEnfield, SouthgateLab (minister)no
John CryerLeyton and WansteadLab (minister)no
Judith CumminsBradford SouthLab (minister)no
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLabno
Maria EagleGarston and HalewoodLabno
Vicky FoxcroftLewisham, DeptfordLab (minister)no
John GroganKeighleyLab (minister)no
Louise HaighSheffield, HeeleyLab (minister)no
Meg HillierHackney South and ShoreditchLab (minister)no
Rupa HuqEaling Central and ActonLab (minister)no
Lesley LairdKirkcaldy and CowdenbeathLab (minister)no
Holly LynchHalifaxLab (minister)no
Khalid MahmoodBirmingham, Perry BarrLab (minister)no
Jim McMahonOldham West and RoytonLab (minister)no
Stephanie PeacockBarnsley EastLab (minister)no
Laura PidcockNorth West DurhamLab (minister)no
Angela RaynerAshton-under-LyneLab (minister)no
Ellie ReevesLewisham West and PengeLab (minister)no
Jonathan ReynoldsStalybridge and HydeLab (minister)no
Cat SmithLancaster and FleetwoodLab (minister)no
Laura SmithCrewe and NantwichLab (minister)no
Nick SmithBlaenau GwentLab (minister)no
Jo StevensCardiff CentralLab (minister)no
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLab (minister)no
Nick Thomas-SymondsTorfaenLab (minister)no
Phil WilsonSedgefieldLab (minister)no
Mohammad YasinBedfordLabno
Patrick GradyGlasgow NorthSNP (front bench)aye

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