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Secret courts bill: the rebels

5 March 2013

9:13 AM

5 March 2013

9:13 AM

The government won all four votes on the report stage of the Justice and Security Bill last night, but there was still a crop of Coalition rebels when each division was called, and a number of abstentions from both parties too.

The issue has excited the group of Tory MPs you see listed below, but for the Lib Dems it is an altogether more pressing matter because they will face their party’s activists this weekend at the Lib Dem spring conference in Brighton. As I reported last week, activists have prepared an emergency motion on the matter, and if selected, it will be debated before the very final stage of the Bill in Parliament, known as ping-pong.

One of the most interesting divisions is the third – division 171 – where the chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady joined the rebels to vote in favour of an amendment from Labour’s Andy Slaughter. I’ve linked to details of each amendment.

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Division 169 – Ayes 225, Noes (the Government side) 298 – majority of 73.
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
Richard Fuller
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 170 – Ayes 226, Noes (Government side) 297 – majority of 71.
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 171 – Ayes 231, Noes (Government side) 296 – majority of 65. 
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Graham Brady
Annette Brooke
Christopher Chope
Mike Crockart
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 172 – Ayes 227, Noes (Government side) 295 – majority of 68.
Rebels:
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

The Bill has a second day of report stage and third reading on Thursday.

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