Will these MPs vote with their conscience?

8:11 am - February 15th 2008

by Sunny Hundal    

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I’ve put together a full list of Labour MPs who abstained or voted against the government’s last vote to extend pre-charge detention to 90 days. This time round, as I’ve said recently, they’re trying to extend this to 42 days. Thanks to Amnesty International and OurKingdom for providing me the information. We feel these are most likely to be persuaded that voting with the government this time around is also a bad idea.

Each MP’s name is linked with their email address. Please feel free to email them saying something along the lines of: ‘Don’t be convinced by the home secretary if you have a conscience.
To paraphrase Tesco, every email counts. We need to let them know that we’re watching.

Name Office Constituency
Diane Abbott   Hackney
North and Stoke Newington
John Austin 301
Plumstead High Street Plumstead SE18 1JX
and Thamesmead
Richard Burden 636
Bristol Road South Northfield Birmingham B31 2JR
Martin Caton 26
Pontardulais Road Gorseinon Swansea SA4 4FE
Michael Clapham 18
Regent Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2HG
West and Penistone
Katy Clark Radio
City 1a Bridgend KILBIRNIE KA25 7DF
Ayrshire and Arran
Harry Cohen c/o
House of Commons London SW1A 0AA
and Wanstead
Mr Cook C/o
The Health Centre Queensway Billingham Teesside TS23 2LA
Jeremy Corbyn 213a
Blackstock Road London N5 2LL
Jim Cousins Suite
42, 4th Floor 7-15 Pink Lane Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DW
upon Tyne Central
Ann Cryer Bob
Cryer House 35 Devonshire Street Keighley West Yorkshire BD21 2BH
Frank Dobson 8 Camden Road London NW1 9DP Holborn and St Pancras
Frank Doran Aberdeen North
David Drew 5a Lansdown Stroud Gloucs GL5 1BB Stroud
Gwyneth Dunwoody 154 Nantwich Road Crewe CW2 6BH Crewe and Nantwich
Bill Etherington, Sunderland North
Mark Fisher The Office of Mark Fisher 76-80 Lonsdale Street (Cromavision) Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4DP Stoke-on-Trent Central
Paul Flynn   Newport West
Neil Gerrard 23 Orford Road Walthamstow London E17 9NL Walthamstow
Dr Ian Gibson Room F15 Boardman House Redwell Street Norwich NR2 4SL Norwich North
Roger Godsiff   Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath
John Grogan 58 Gowthorpe Selby North Yorkshire YO8 4ET Selby
David Hamilton 95 High Street Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 1AX Midlothian
Dai Havard Room 3, First Floor Venture Wales Building Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park, Pentrebach Merthyr Tydfil Mid Glamorgan CF48 4DR Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Doug Henderson No constituency office Newcastle upon Tyne North
Kate Hoey   Vauxhall
Kelvin Hopkins 3 Union Street Luton Bedfordshire LU1 3AN Luton North
Glenda Jackson 8 Camden Rd London NW1 9DP Hampstead and Highgate
Sian James 2 Sway Road Morriston Swansea SA6 6HT Swansea East
Dr Lynne Jones The Cotteridge Church 24 Pershore Road South Birmingham B30 3AS Birmingham Selly Oak
Sadiq Khan Tooting Tooting
Mark Lazarowicz Edinburgh North and Leith Edinburgh North and Leith
Mr Kilfoyle 69/71 County Road Walton Liverpool L4 3QD Liverpool Walton
Tony Lloyd   Manchester Central
Andrew Love Broad House 205 Fore Street Edmonton London N18 2TZ Edmonton
Bob Marshall-Andrews Moat House 1 Castle Hill Rochester Kent ME1 1QQ Medway
Ms Chris McCafferty 15 Heptonspall Road Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 6AZ Calder Valley
John McDonnell Pump Lane Hayes Middlesex UB3 3NB Hayes and Harlington
Ms McKechin 154/156 Raeberry Street Glasgow G20 6EA Glasgow North
Michael Meacher 11 Church Lane Oldham OL1 3AN Oldham West and Royton
Dr Austin Mitchell 13 Bargate Grimsby NE Lincs DN34 4SS Great Grimsby
Julie Morgan 17 Plasnewydd Whitchurch Cardiff CF14 1NR Cardiff North
George Mudie East Leeds Labour Club 242 Brooklands Avenue Leeds LS14 6NW Leeds East
Chris Mullin 3 The Esplanade Sunderland Tyne and Wear SR2 7BQ Sunderland South
Denis Murphy 94 Station Road Ashington Northumberland NE63 8RN Wansbeck
Nick Raynsford 32 Woolwich Road London SE10 0JU Greenwich and Woolwich
Linda Riordan 20-22 Cheapside Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 2TF Halifax
Mr Robinson Transport House Short Street Coventry CV1 2LS Coventry North West
Mr Simpson Vernon House 18 Friar Lane Nottingham NG1 6DQ Nottingham South
Mr Skinner 1 Elmhurst Close South Normanton Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 3NF Bolsover
John Smith 115 High Street Barry Vale of Glamorgan CF62 7DT Vale of Glamorgan
Peter Soulsby 2 St George’s Way Leicester LE1 1SH Leicester South
Dr Gavin Strang 54 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH15 1DA Edinburgh East
David Taylor Labour Office 17 Hotel Street Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3EQ North West Leicestershire
Emily Thornberry 65 Barnsbury St Islington London N1 1EJ Islington South and Finsbury
Jon Trickett 18 Market Street Hemsworth West Yorkshire WF9 5LB Hemsworth
Paul Truswell 10A Greenside Pudsey West Yorkshire LS28 8PU Pudsey
Rudi Vis Finchley South and Golders Green
Robert N. Wareing 74a Mill Lane Liverpool L12 7JB Liverpool West Derby
David Winnick Bellamy House Wilkes Street Willenhall WV13 2BS Walsall North
Mike Wood Tom Myer’s House 9 Cross Crown Street Cleckheston West Yorkshire BD19 3HW Batley and Spen
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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Reader comments

writetothem.com is also a good conduit – though they do warn that mail from non-consituents will be ignored

(my own MP is a Tory so hope will be voting against)

I feel a mail-merge coming on.

Oh my god, mail-merging is so sexy.

What is a mail merge exactly?
It does sound quite exciting!


Just thought I’d say thanks for putting this list together. I’ve posted it to our blog and will see about getting it circulated round our mailing list to try and get our members involved. Let’s hope they vote the right way again.

Good work!

Robert @ GU Amnesty


It’s a function on Microsoft Word (and other DTP programmes) to mass-produce letters for a contact database. With individual fields (i.e. names, salutations, addresses).

Like I said. Very, very sexy.

Only if you’re not a l33t perl scripter.

7. Margin4 Error

Excellent list – thanks Sunny.

But can people not take a sanctimonious and smug superior line with the MPs by pretending that this is a simple matter of good versus evil (or as the left prefer to label it, ‘concience’.

These people will hardly respond well to being effectively told that colleagues they support, like, and think highly off are imoral scum for voting against concience.

And those on the list considering their vote will not be considering it a case of doing what they believe, or doing what some guy with lots of cash has told them to.

They will be (in their minds) weighing up which vote they think gives them the best net result for the wellbeing of the country. Indeed in some cases that will mean Labour MPs voting with the measure in support of a Prime Minister they don’t want to see ousted by the Tories.

So please if you write to them – write tactically – emphasise the harm this may do in the long term to the government, and to individuals involved.

Do not simply rant that they are bad people if they for for…

A query, not a comment… This is intended as a legal query, rather than one about ethics.

When a person is arrested as a suspected terrorist, the police take away potential evidence. This includes communications equipment (computers, mobile phones) and paper documents. If there is no charge, the person is released from custody. But what happens to the evidence? Is the evidence released with the suspect?

A “for instance”: A suspect is arrested, computer equipment is seized and the computer equipment contains encrypted files. Cracking the encrypted files may take some time. Does UK law permit the police to retain copies of seized data? Can the police continue to examine data or to crack encryption? I’m seeking a civil rights lawyer answer here.

In terrorism suspect cases, the suspect is evidentially useless, unless s/he confesses. Surely retention of potential evidence rather than a human suspect is more meaningful to the legal case.

Thanks for the list!
I’m on this…

Dr Ian Gibson has confirmed that he is opposed to 42 days.

11. Gareth Williams

Thanks for the info – It gives me a mailing list to express my views on exceeding 28 days.

I will be mailing to all supporting an extention of detention time.

Each to their own.

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