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The Digital Economy Bill: who did what


12:45 pm - April 9th 2010

by Jim Jepps    


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The public whip tells us that the parties voted the following ways on the Digital Economy Bill. Astonishing that just nine Tory MPs (less than one in twenty) bothered to vote on such controversial legislation.
Well done to those Lib Dems who turned up for their unanimous opposition, although due to their low turnout they were outnumbered by the rebel Labour MPs.

I thought I’d publish the Labour role of honour;

  • Diane Abbott, Hackney North & Stoke Newington
  • Colin Burgon, Elmet
  • Colin Challen, Morley & Rothwell
  • Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North
  • Andrew Dismore, Hendon
  • David Drew, Stroud
  • Neil Gerrard, Walthamstow
  • John Grogan, Selby
  • Kate Hoey, Vauxhall
  • George Howarth, Knowsley North & Sefton East
  • Lynne Jones, Birmingham, Selly Oak
  • Eric Joyce, Falkirk
  • Peter Kilfoyle, Liverpool, Walton
  • Mark Lazarowicz, Edinburgh North & Leith
  • Andrew Love, Edmonton
  • Robert Marshall-Andrews, Medway
  • Austin Mitchell, Great Grimsby
  • Nick Palmer, Broxtowe
  • Andy Reed, Loughborough
  • Alan Simpson, Nottingham South
  • Mark Todd, South Derbyshire
  • Paul Truswell, Pudsey
  • Tom Watson, West Bromwich East

If you go here you can check out whether your MP voted for, against or didn’t bother to show up.

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Jim Jepps is a socialist in the Green Party and formerly blogged at the Daily (Maybe). He currently writes on London politics, community and the environment at Big Smoke.
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I wrote to Nick Palmer (who I vaguely know) yesterday to thank him, and have tweeted Tom Watson.

I’m annoyed not many LDs turned up, but they knew the vote was lost and are campaigning to repeal it after the election instead.

If you know of any of the rebels listed above, contact them to thank them, voting against the party line in the dog days of a Parlt is never easy in our stupid system.

See what law firm Pinsent Masons’ Out-Law.com blog said about this:

http://out-law.com/page-10900
http://out-law.com/page-10901

They are pretty scathing

My feeling is the bulk of the Tories were mildly whipped to abstain (or told in strong terms not to bother, as you like it), probably quite late in the day, leaving the front bench to back the government and the very few loose cannons to oppose it. That is just *such* a low proportion. John Redwood spoke quite forcefully in the second reading, so it’s quite odd that he didn’t vote. Certainly had no urgent need to rush home to true blue Wokingham to secure his re-election.

It would be fascinating to know how many of those voting for it were standing down at the election, in an added piece of anti-democratic action to what was already a piece of anti-democratic action par excellence. Anyone got the time to run through the list on the Public Whip?

5. David Strachan

16 Lib Dems. 16!!! I know it wouldn’t have turned the tide but there are 63 of them and almost all should’ve turned up.

@David 18 – Johns Leech and Hemming were tellers.

And the implication that parliamentary candidates in the middle of a general election campaign can just “turn up” – remembering that a lot of LD MPs are from Scotland, Snowdonia or Cornwall – seems a little unfair.

They manage to turn up for other important legislation.

Pleased to see my MP, Jeremy Corbyn, vote against his own party again. Good boy.

This is also a good representation of what happened:

http://debillitated.heroku.com/

I’ve just emailed Jeremy Corbyn (my MP) thanking him for opposing this idiotic piece of legislation and suggest others email their MPs that are on the list also. As much as we like to criticise MPs and make demands from them I think we should show appreciation when they serve our interests.

I’ve blogged about this now, and also been alerted to this handy map:

http://www.qwghlm.co.uk/letsthankthem/

…that can help show you the nearest MP who voted against the Bill. So even if your MP got it wrong, you can thank one nearby who got it right. And if you really like them, and have lots of free time, you could help campaign for them.

‘…remembering that a lot of LD MPs are from Scotland, Snowdonia or Cornwall…’

The last time any part of Snowdonia had a Liberal MP was in the (very) early 1950s.

12. Shatterface

You’d think that this close to an election more oposition MPs would have turned up to give the government a bloody nose even if they don’t give a toss about the issue.

You’d think that this close to an election more oposition MPs would have turned up to give the government a bloody nose even if they don’t give a toss about the issue.

Yeah, just like the bloody nose we gave them over Iraq, ID cards, extradition, the DNA database, interference in coroners’ proceedings and the Legislative & Regulatory Reform Bill. Oh wait, the government had a massive majority for all of those too.

Let’s face facts, as long as the government can whip its back-benchers in this manner, dreadful legislation will get pushed through irrespective of how much of a fuss the opposition kicks up. They didn’t listen to 2 million people marching over Iraq and they weren’t about to listen to another 30 Lib Dem MPs turning up when they have a reserve army of hundreds of back-benchers to call on, not to mention tacit Tory support.

The graphic suggests that one member of the SNP voted, but this mashup site suggests that none of the seven SNP MPs voted at all.

http://www.theyworkforthebpi.com/

And let’s give a big shout out to that well-known supporter of youth culture, the Rev Ian Paisley, in his last Commons vote.

Do we know whether any of the Lib Dem no-shows were paired with Labour no-shows?


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