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 name

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

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