Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) Bill — Expulsion from the House of Commons of MPs who Voluntarily Change Political Party — 2 Sep 2020 at 15:04

A majority of MPs voted for MPs who voluntarily change their political party affiliation to be subject to a recall petition, which if signed by 10% of eligible electors, would lead to their seats being declared vacant.

The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable the recall of Members of the House of Commons who voluntarily change their political party affiliation; and for connected purposes.

The full text of the Bill was not available at the time of the vote, and may not have existed.

While moving the motion MP Anthony Mangnall explained the intent of the Bill, saying: [2]:

"This Bill seeks to update the Recall of MPs Act 2015 with a fourth recall condition: any MP who voluntarily leaves the political party they represented upon their election to the House of Commons becomes subject to a recall petition. Such a petition would occur by Mr Speaker giving notice to a petitions officer, who would in turn give notice to the parliamentary electors in the relevant constituency, after which a petition would be open for eight weeks. If at the end of that period at least 10% of the eligible electors had signed that petition, the seat would be declared vacant and a by-election would be held."

Debate in Parliament |

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con47 (+2 tell) 41 (+1 tell)025.0%
DUP0 4050.0%
Independent0 0 (+1 tell)050.0%
Lab7 104.0%
LDem0 4036.4%
Total:54 50018.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

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

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Peter AldousWaveneyConno
Steven BakerWycombeCon (front bench)tellno
Simon BaynesClwyd SouthCon (front bench)no
Aaron BellNewcastle-under-LymeCon (front bench)no
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)no
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)no
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConno
Dehenna DavisonBishop AucklandCon (front bench)no
Sarah DinesDerbyshire DalesCon (front bench)no
Jonathan DjanoglyHuntingdonConno
Richard DraxSouth DorsetCon (front bench)no
Ben EverittMilton Keynes NorthCon (front bench)no
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)no
Laura FarrisNewburyCon (front bench)no
Katherine FletcherSouth RibbleCon (front bench)no
Andrew GriffithArundel and South DownsCon (front bench)no
Neil HudsonPenrith and The BorderCon (front bench)no
Mark JenkinsonWorkingtonCon (front bench)no
Imran Ahmad KhanWakefieldConno
Robert LarganHigh PeakCon (front bench)no
Chris LoderWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
Mark LoganBolton North EastCon (front bench)no
Craig MackinlaySouth ThanetCon (front bench)no
Karl McCartneyLincolnCon (front bench)no
Robin MillarAberconwyCon (front bench)no
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConno
Gagan MohindraSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Robbie MooreKeighleyCon (front bench)no
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)no
Matthew OffordHendonCon (front bench)no
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConno
Daniel PoulterCentral Suffolk and North IpswichCon (front bench)no
Tom RandallGedlingCon (front bench)no
Selaine SaxbyNorth DevonCon (front bench)no
David SimmondsRuislip, Northwood and PinnerCon (front bench)no
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)no
Ben SpencerRunnymede and WeybridgeCon (front bench)no
Jane StevensonWolverhampton North EastCon (front bench)no
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)no
Charles WalkerBroxbourneCon (front bench)no
Craig WhittakerCalder ValleyConno
Bill WigginNorth HerefordshireCon (front bench)no

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