Who voted NO?

April 8, 2010

This is a list of MPs that have voted against the question “That the Bill be now read the Third time”, which caused a division.

There were a total of 189 Ayes and 47 Noes, resulting in “Bill read the Third time and passed, with amendments”. It thereby concluded the House proceedings for the Bill, and was awaiting Royal Assent (granted on April 8th 2010).

The vote distribution was as following:

Google Chart


Name Contact Website
Mr Christopher Chope Contact Website
Mr David Amess Contact Website
Mr Michael Fallon Contact Website
Mr William Cash Contact Website
Rt Hon David Davis Contact

Democratic Unionist Party

Name Contact Website
Rt Hon Ian Paisley


Name Contact Website
Dai Davies Contact Website


Name Contact Website
Alan Simpson Contact Website
Colin Burgon Contact Website
Colin Challen Contact
Dr Nick Palmer Contact Website
Eric Joyce Contact Website
Jeremy Corbyn Contact Website
Kate Hoey Contact Website
Lynne Jones Contact Website
Mark Lazarowicz Contact Website
Mr Andrew Dismore Contact Website
Mr Andy Love Contact Website
Mr Andy Reed Website Website
Mr Austin Mitchell Contact Website
Mr David Drew Contact Website
Mr John Grogan Contact Website
Mr Mark Todd Contact Website
Mr Neil Gerrard Contact Website
Mr Paul Truswell Contact Website
Mr Peter Kilfoyle Contact Website
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews QC Contact Website
Mr Tom Watson Contact Website
Ms Diane Abbott Contact Website
Rt Hon George Howarth Contact Website

Liberal Democrats

Name Contact Website
Bob Russell Contact Website
David Howarth Contact Website
Dr Evan Harris Contact Website
John Barrett Contact Website
John Hemming (Teller) Contact Website
John Thurso Contact Website
Lembit Öpik Contact Website
Lynne Featherstone Contact Website
Mr Alistair Carmichael Contact Website
Mr Colin Breed Contact Website
Mr Don Foster Contact Website
Mr Edward Davey Contact Website
Mr John Leech (Teller) Contact Website
Mr Mike Hancock CBE Contact Website
Mr Paul Burstow Contact Website
Mr Paul Keetch Contact Website
Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith Contact Website
Simon Hughes Contact Website

Plaid Cymru

Name Contact Website
Adam Price Contact Website


Source: Hansard, http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100407/debtext/100407-0032.htm – Parliamentary material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO on behalf of Parliament.


30 Responses to “Who voted NO?”

  1. chrisconder Says:

    thank you to the few MPs (above) who get IT.
    This day will go down in history as the day when the people saw ‘democracy’ in action. We are not impressed. The whips had no right to do what they did last night, and I am glad a few had the guts to vote No on a very flawed digital economy bill.
    The others will have to answer in the polling booth.

  2. Amre Says:

    AH The good DR Rev. Ian Paisley, Is well used to voting no!

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  4. Tim Footman Says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but what does ‘rh’ mean before an MP’s name?

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  6. Jackie Says:

    Would be interesting to see distribution of yes votes too. How many MPs turned out? To me this was an opportunity lost for a party to take a stand and win the younger voters. They ask why people don’t vote, well after watching the farce last night, I think the answer is obvious!

    At the very least MPs should not be permitted to vote on a bill if they have not attended the debate. Rolling in 100 people at the last minute to force a vote through is underhand and dispicable. This is not a democracy and the British public are being duped.

    In reference to this specific bill, the contents were wildly varied, including the way TV license money is distributed, ceasing Internet access if people download illegal copies of film/music/etc, opening a can of worms for copyright holders and potentially bringing the photographic industry to its knees! It is a complex, ill thought out bill which was full of holes. So full of holes that the debate only covered upto clause 8 of a 50 clause bill, as they ran out of time – only 2 hours allowed, usually 50 hours would be timetabled for such a bill, but this was rushed through before the election! There was an option to put off till after election and conduct more in depth review and debate, but no! The parties want to be able to include this in their achievements. Well, any MP who voted for this bill should be voted against in the election! Get them out! They aren’t representing their constituents needs, they are whipping boys who toe the party line without a damn for their people. Perhaps if they had bothered to attend the debate they might have seen what a nonsense this was and noted no, but instead they sat in the bar, relaxing, having a laugh and plotting their election campaign plans.

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  8. In fairness, there were also two Lib Dems (Leech and Hemming) who acted as tellers for the no side (ie the people counting the votes), and so couldn’t vote – they really ought to be included though.

  9. David Matthewman Says:

    Also, I believe, John Hemming and John Leech (Lib Dem), who were tellers.

  10. Beth Granter Says:

    @Jackie totally agree with all of your comments. I’d like to see what proportion of each party’s MPs turned up, and what proportion voted which way, as a percentage of total MPs that party has in parliament.

  11. Ian Eiloart Says:

    Yes, analyses like this should always include the tellers. There are two for each side, so they balance each other and aren’t reported in the official numbers, but they are always supporters of the side they’re telling for. Otherwise, they’d be voting on the other side.

  12. Ian Eiloart Says:

    As for turnout: with the Government and the Tories officially supporting the bill unamended, there was never any hope of defeating the bill in votes. Therefore, there wasn’t much chance of decent amendments, either.

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  14. Alix Says:

    Total party numbers are:

    345 Labour
    193 Con
    63 LD

    So back of an envelope analysis including the tellers (percentages are of the parliamentary party, not the split of the vote):

    Voting yes
    54% Labour
    2% Conservative

    Voting no
    29% Liberal Democrat
    7% Labour
    3% Conservative

    So basically the Conservatives abstained almost entirely, and Labour whipped the bill through.

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  17. ceedee Says:

    Thanks for your epic overnight crunching.

  18. Mosh Says:

    And no sign on the yes or no pile from my MP, Pete Wishart of the SNP. I did email him about the bill beforehand and received no reply. I notice that there isn’t a single vote one way or the other from an SNP member. At least the Welsh got a “no” vote in.

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  20. It is a sad day for democracy. As a Canadian concerned with corporate subversion of democracy, I watched a good bit of the BBC democracy live coverage.

    I think it is sickening that MPs dismissed thousands protests from constituents because of paid advertising supposedly representing other constituents. Only twenty thousand emails from the actual members of the trade unions supposedly supporting the DEBill should be able to counter balance twenty thousand protests. But I doubt that they could marshal that much support from the rank and file, particularly as many of the rank and file would actually understand the issue.

    (Sadly supposedly democratic representatives seem to do the same thing the world over. Citizens are not considered as important as corporate special interests.)

    It was also glaringly obvious that the people pushing the Digital Economy Bill through do not actually understand what it is that they are legislating. I would think that they should have made an effort to understand the issues before pushing it through to appease corporate pressure.

    Worse is that they are taking the allegations made by corporate special interest groups on faith and completely ignored the opinions of their informed constituents.

    One last thought: it seemed clear that every political party participated in allowing this travesty to become law. If I were a UK citizen, I would be investigating your fledgling UK Pirate Party:


    Sadly, this stuff is happening all over the world. Maybe DEBill can be an election issue, perhaps even revisited right after before too much damage is done.

    Good luck.

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  22. English Guy Says:

    Mandleson is going to get so fucked up for this, and any MP and person within the shadows who followed his lead. You are there for the people, yet proved once again it is for self interest and power.

    You will get judgment, the British people will only be pushed so many times.

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