UK Parliament votes to impose an extreme abortion regulations on NI: Full voting lists for MPs and peers

Last week, both Houses in the UK Parliament voted in favour of motions approving the Government’s decision to impose an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland.

On Monday 15 June, peers in Westminster’s upper house voted to approve the motion by 255 votes to 136.

Just two days later, MPs in Westminster’s lower house voted to do the same with 253 votes in favour and 136 against.

The votes mean the Government’s extreme abortion regulations for Northern Ireland will remain in place.

However, it also means the people of Northern Ireland through the Northern Ireland Assembly now have power over their own abortion regulations, and can amend what the UK Government has imposed on them.

Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a motion opposing the regulations. Across the two votes held, 75 of 90 MLAs voted against the provisions in the regulations allowing abortion for non-fatal disabilities.

Under the new regulations, abortion is allowed up to the point of birth for all disabilities, including cleft lip, club foot and Down’s syndrome.

The regulations also introduce de-facto abortion on demand through to 24-weeks and allow sex-selective abortion through 12-weeks.

While last week’s votes in the House of Lords and House of Commons are a defeat for pro-life campaigners and the people of Northern Ireland they may indicate a change in momentum across the UK Parliament.

A far larger group of peers voted against the motion than those who opposed a similar motion in July 2019 to impose abortion on Northern Ireland. The most recent vote was opposed by 77 peers while last year’s was only opposed by 37 peers, indicating that there has been a large increase in the number of active pro-life peers in the House of Lords.

Additionally, the vote indicates that there has been a large decrease in the number of pro-abortion MPs and an increase in the number of pro-life MPs in the House of Commons since the 2019 election, which our analysis of the election result suggested.

Before the new intake of MPs, in the absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly, a vote to impose abortion on Northern Ireland in July 2019 was passed by 332 votes to 99.

The most recent vote had far fewer MPs in support of imposing abortion on Northern Ireland and significantly more speaking out against the issue.

Notably there were some key abstainers including the four Great Offices of State; Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Health Minister Helen Whately also abstained.

124 Conservative MPs voted against their own Government’s regulations with just 104 voting in favour.

Despite this, The Critic stated: “Not much constancy can be found in this government’s actions at the moment, but a determination to impose on Northern Ireland abortion rules its devolved assembly wouldn’t accept, mysteriously seems to be one of the few things it is set upon doing.”

Pro-life campaign group Right To Life UK has launched a tool enabling UK residents to find out which way their MP voted and to engage with them on the matter.

Their spokesperson Catherine Robinson said the results of the votes are “tragic” but went on to say: “The battle on these regulations now moves to Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly. MLAs must now urgently bring forward to repeal these extreme abortion regulations.”

Division // Voting list – House of Commons

MPs who voted in favour of the motion 🙁

  • Diane Abbott (Labour – Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
  • Debbie Abrahams (Labour – Oldham East and Saddleworth)
  • Adam Afriyie (Conservative – Windsor)
  • Nickie Aiken (Conservative – Cities of London and Westminster)
  • Peter Aldous (Conservative – Waveney)
  • Rushanara Ali (Labour – Bethnal Green and Bow)
  • Tahir Ali (Labour – Birmingham, Hall Green)
  • Lucy Allan (Conservative – Telford)
  • Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour – Tooting)
  • Mike Amesbury (Labour – Weaver Vale)
  • Fleur Anderson (Labour – Putney)
  • Lee Anderson (Conservative – Ashfield)
  • Stuart Andrew (Conservative – Pudsey)
  • Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour – Gower)
  • Jonathan Ashworth (Labour – Leicester South)
  • Sarah Atherton (Conservative – Wrexham)
  • Victoria Atkins (Conservative – Louth and Horncastle)
  • Siobhan Baillie (Conservative – Stroud)
  • Paula Barker (Labour – Liverpool, Wavertree)
  • John Baron (Conservative – Basildon and Billericay)
  • Simon Baynes (Conservative – Clwyd South)
  • Margaret Beckett (Labour – Derby South)
  • Apsana Begum (Labour – Poplar and Limehouse)
  • Aaron Bell (Conservative – Newcastle-under-Lyme)
  • Clive Betts (Labour – Sheffield South East)
  • Olivia Blake (Labour – Sheffield, Hallam)
  • Crispin Blunt (Conservative – Reigate)
  • Andrew Bowie (Conservative – West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
  • Tracy Brabin (Labour – Batley and Spen)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Labour – Exeter)
  • Kevin Brennan (Labour – Cardiff West)
  • Paul Bristow (Conservative – Peterborough)
  • Sara Britcliffe (Conservative – Hyndburn)
  • Nicholas Brown (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne East)
  • Lyn Brown (Labour – West Ham)
  • Anthony Browne (Conservative – South Cambridgeshire)
  • Chris Bryant (Labour – Rhondda)
  • Felicity Buchan (Conservative – Kensington)
  • Alex Burghart (Conservative – Brentwood and Ongar)
  • Richard Burgon (Labour – Leeds East)
  • Dawn Butler (Labour – Brent Central)
  • Ian Byrne (Labour – Liverpool, West Derby)
  • Ruth Cadbury (Labour – Brentford and Isleworth)
  • Alan Campbell (Labour – Tynemouth)
  • Dan Carden (Labour – Liverpool, Walton)
  • Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat – Orkney and Shetland)
  • Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat – North East Fife)
  • Bambos Charalambous (Labour – Enfield, Southgate)
  • Jo Churchill (Conservative – Bury St Edmunds)
  • Feryal Clark (Labour – Enfield North)
  • Theo Clarke (Conservative – Stafford)
  • Chris Clarkson (Conservative – Heywood and Middleton)
  • Elliot Colburn (Conservative – Carshalton and Wallington)
  • Damian Collins (Conservative – Folkestone and Hythe)
  • Stella Creasy (Labour – Walthamstow)
  • Tracey Crouch (Conservative – Chatham and Aylesford)
  • Alex Cunningham (Labour – Stockton North)
  • James Daly (Conservative – Bury North)
  • Edward Davey (Liberal Democrat – Kingston and Surbiton)
  • Wayne David (Labour – Caerphilly)
  • Mims Davies (Conservative – Mid Sussex)
  • Alex Davies-Jones (Labour – Pontypridd)
  • Dehenna Davison (Conservative – Bishop Auckland)
  • Caroline Dinenage (Conservative – Gosport)
  • Sarah Dines (Conservative – Derbyshire Dales)
  • Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative – Huntingdon)
  • Stephen Doughty (Labour – Cardiff South and Penarth)
  • Jack Dromey (Labour – Birmingham, Erdington)
  • James Duddridge (Conservative – Rochford and Southend East)
  • Rosie Duffield (Labour – Canterbury)
  • Maria Eagle (Labour – Garston and Halewood)
  • Angela Eagle (Labour – Wallasey)
  • Colum Eastwood (Social Democratic & Labour Party – Foyle)
  • Mark Eastwood (Conservative – Dewsbury)
  • Ruth Edwards (Conservative – Rushcliffe)
  • Clive Efford (Labour – Eltham)
  • Julie Elliott (Labour – Sunderland Central)
  • Chris Elmore (Labour – Ogmore)
  • Bill Esterson (Labour – Sefton Central)
  • Ben Everitt (Conservative – Milton Keynes North)
  • Michael Fabricant (Conservative – Lichfield)
  • Stephen Farry (Alliance – North Down)
  • Colleen Fletcher (Labour – Coventry North East)
  • Katherine Fletcher (Conservative – South Ribble)
  • Mark Fletcher (Conservative – Bolsover)
  • Vicky Ford (Conservative – Chelmsford)
  • Yvonne Fovargue (Labour – Makerfield)
  • Vicky Foxcroft (Labour – Lewisham, Deptford)
  • Lucy Frazer (Conservative – South East Cambridgeshire)
  • George Freeman (Conservative – Mid Norfolk)
  • Mike Freer (Conservative – Finchley and Golders Green)
  • Gill Furniss (Labour – Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
  • Mark Garnier (Conservative – Wyre Forest)
  • Nusrat Ghani (Conservative – Wealden)
  • Peter Gibson (Conservative – Darlington)
  • Jo Gideon (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent Central)
  • Preet Kaur Gill (Labour – Birmingham, Edgbaston)
  • Richard Graham (Conservative – Gloucester)
  • Helen Grant (Conservative – Maidstone and The Weald)
  • Kate Green (Labour – Stretford and Urmston)
  • Lilian Greenwood (Labour – Nottingham South)
  • Margaret Greenwood (Labour – Wirral West)
  • Nia Griffith (Labour – Llanelli)
  • Jonathan Gullis (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent North)
  • Louise Haigh (Labour – Sheffield, Heeley)
  • Robert Halfon (Conservative – Harlow)
  • Luke Hall (Conservative – Thornbury and Yate)
  • Fabian Hamilton (Labour – Leeds North East)
  • Claire Hanna (Social Democratic & Labour Party – Belfast South)
  • Emma Hardy (Labour – Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
  • Carolyn Harris (Labour – Swansea East)
  • Trudy Harrison (Conservative – Copeland)
  • Simon Hart (Conservative – Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)
  • Helen Hayes (Labour – Dulwich and West Norwood)
  • Mark Hendrick (Labour – Preston)
  • Antony Higginbotham (Conservative – Burnley)
  • Mike Hill (Labour – Hartlepool)
  • Margaret Hodge (Labour – Barking)
  • Sharon Hodgson (Labour – Washington and Sunderland West)
  • Paul Holmes (Conservative – Eastleigh)
  • Rachel Hopkins (Labour – Luton South)
  • George Howarth (Labour – Knowsley)
  • John Howell (Conservative – Henley)
  • Jane Hunt (Conservative – Loughborough)
  • Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat – Edinburgh West)
  • Dan Jarvis (Labour – Barnsley Central)
  • Bernard Jenkin (Conservative – Harwich and North Essex)
  • Robert Jenrick (Conservative – Newark)
  • Kim Johnson (Labour – Liverpool, Riverside)
  • David Johnston (Conservative – Wantage)
  • Fay Jones (Conservative – Brecon and Radnorshire)
  • Gerald Jones (Labour – Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
  • Kevan Jones (Labour – North Durham)
  • Ruth Jones (Labour – Newport West)
  • Sarah Jones (Labour – Croydon Central)
  • Simon Jupp (Conservative – East Devon)
  • Alicia Kearns (Conservative – Rutland and Melton)
  • Barbara Keeley (Labour – Worsley and Eccles South)
  • Afzal Khan (Labour – Manchester, Gorton)
  • Peter Kyle (Labour – Hove)
  • Robert Largan (Conservative – High Peak)
  • Ian Lavery (Labour – Wansbeck)
  • Chris Law (Scottish National Party – Dundee West)
  • Brandon Lewis (Conservative – Great Yarmouth)
  • Clive Lewis (Labour – Norwich South)
  • Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative – Bridgwater and West Somerset)
  • Tony Lloyd (Labour – Rochdale)
  • Rebecca Long Bailey (Labour – Salford and Eccles)
  • Tim Loughton (Conservative – East Worthing and Shoreham)
  • Holly Lynch (Labour – Halifax)
  • Rachel Maclean (Conservative – Redditch)
  • Justin Madders (Labour – Ellesmere Port and Neston)
  • Shabana Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham, Ladywood)
  • Seema Malhotra (Labour – Feltham and Heston)
  • Kit Malthouse (Conservative – North West Hampshire)
  • Anthony Mangnall (Conservative – Totnes)
  • Julie Marson (Conservative – Hertford and Stortford)
  • Christian Matheson (Labour – City of Chester)
  • Steve McCabe (Labour – Birmingham, Selly Oak)
  • Kerry McCarthy (Labour – Bristol East)
  • Jason McCartney (Conservative – Colne Valley)
  • Karl McCartney (Conservative – Lincoln)
  • Andy McDonald (Labour – Middlesbrough)
  • John McDonnell (Labour – Hayes and Harlington)
  • Conor McGinn (Labour – St Helens North)
  • Jim McMahon (Labour – Oldham West and Royton)
  • Anna McMorrin (Labour – Cardiff North)
  • Huw Merriman (Conservative – Bexhill and Battle)
  • Maria Miller (Conservative – Basingstoke)
  • Navendu Mishra (Labour – Stockport)
  • Andrew Mitchell (Conservative – Sutton Coldfield)
  • Robbie Moore (Conservative – Keighley)
  • Jessica Morden (Labour – Newport East)
  • Stephen  Morgan (Labour – Portsmouth South)
  • Grahame Morris (Labour – Easington)
  • David Mundell (Conservative – Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)
  • Ian Murray (Labour – Edinburgh South)
  • James Murray (Labour – Ealing North)
  • Charlotte Nichols (Labour – Warrington North)
  • Lia Nici (Conservative – Great Grimsby)
  • Caroline Nokes (Conservative – Romsey and Southampton North)
  • Alex Norris (Labour – Nottingham North)
  • Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat – Richmond Park)
  • Chi Onwurah (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
  • Guy Opperman (Conservative – Hexham)
  • Kate Osborne (Labour – Jarrow)
  • Sarah Owen (Labour – Luton North)
  • Mike Penning (Conservative – Hemel Hempstead)
  • John Penrose (Conservative – Weston-super-Mare)
  • Toby Perkins (Labour – Chesterfield)
  • Jess Phillips (Labour – Birmingham, Yardley)
  • Chris Philp (Conservative – Croydon South)
  • Luke Pollard (Labour – Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
  • Dan Poulter (Conservative – Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
  • Rebecca Pow (Conservative – Taunton Deane)
  • Lucy Powell (Labour – Manchester Central)
  • Yasmin Qureshi (Labour – Bolton South East)
  • Christina Rees (Labour – Neath)
  • Ellie Reeves (Labour – Lewisham West and Penge)
  • Jonathan Reynolds (Labour – Stalybridge and Hyde)
  • Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Labour – Streatham)
  • Nicola Richards (Conservative – West Bromwich East)
  • Angela Richardson (Conservative – Guildford)
  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour – Brighton, Kemptown)
  • Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru – Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
  • Selaine Saxby (Conservative – North Devon)
  • Naz Shah (Labour – Bradford West)
  • Virendra Sharma (Labour – Ealing, Southall)
  • Barry Sheerman (Labour – Huddersfield)
  • Tommy Sheppard (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh East)
  • Tulip Siddiq (Labour – Hampstead and Kilburn)
  • Chris Skidmore  (Conservative – Kingswood)
  • Cat Smith (Labour – Lancaster and Fleetwood)
  • Jeff Smith (Labour – Manchester, Withington)
  • Julian Smith (Conservative – Skipton and Ripon)
  • Alex Sobel (Labour – Leeds North West)
  • Ben Spencer (Conservative – Runnymede and Weybridge)
  • Mark Spencer (Conservative – Sherwood)
  • Keir Starmer (Labour – Holborn and St Pancras)
  • Andrew Stephenson (Conservative – Pendle)
  • Jo Stevens (Labour – Cardiff Central)
  • Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
  • Wes Streeting (Labour – Ilford North)
  • Graham Stringer (Labour – Blackley and Broughton)
  • Julian Sturdy (Conservative – York Outer)
  • Zarah Sultana (Labour – Coventry South)
  • Mark Tami (Labour – Alyn and Deeside)
  • Sam Tarry (Labour – Ilford South)
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds (Labour – Torfaen)
  • Emily Thornberry (Labour – Islington South and Finsbury)
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative – Berwick-upon-Tweed)
  • Jon Trickett (Labour – Hemsworth)
  • Laura Trott (Conservative – Sevenoaks)
  • Karl Turner (Labour – Kingston upon Hull East)
  • Derek Twigg (Labour – Halton)
  • Liz Twist (Labour – Blaydon)
  • Valerie Vaz (Labour – Walsall South)
  • Christian Wakeford (Conservative – Bury South)
  • Robin Walker (Conservative – Worcester)
  • Matt Warman (Conservative – Boston and Skegness)
  • Suzanne Webb (Conservative – Stourbridge)
  • Claudia Webbe (Labour – Leicester East)
  • Matt Western (Labour – Warwick and Leamington)
  • Alan Whitehead (Labour – Southampton, Test)
  • Mick Whitley (Labour – Birkenhead)
  • James Wild (Conservative – North West Norfolk)
  • Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru – Arfon)
  • Gavin Williamson (Conservative – South Staffordshire)
  • Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat – Twickenham)
  • Beth Winter (Labour – Cynon Valley)
  • Jeremy Wright (Conservative – Kenilworth and Southam)
  • Mohammad Yasin (Labour – Bedford)
  • Daniel Zeichner (Labour – Cambridge)

MPs who voted against the motion 🙂

  • Imran Ahmad Khan (Conservative – Wakefield)
  • Stuart Anderson (Conservative – Wolverhampton South West)
  • Gareth Bacon (Conservative – Orpington)
  • Richard Bacon (Conservative – South Norfolk)
  • Shaun Bailey (Conservative – West Bromwich West)
  • Duncan Baker (Conservative – North Norfolk)
  • Steve Baker (Conservative – Wycombe)
  • Scott Benton (Conservative – Blackpool South)
  • Paul Beresford (Conservative – Mole Valley)
  • Bob Blackman (Conservative – Harrow East)
  • Peter Bone (Conservative – Wellingborough)
  • Andrew Bridgen (Conservative – North West Leicestershire)
  • Steve Brine (Conservative – Winchester)
  • Fiona Bruce (Conservative – Congleton)
  • Rob Butler (Conservative – Aylesbury)
  • Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party – East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
  • Gregory Campbell (Democratic Unionist Party – East Londonderry)
  • Andy Carter (Conservative – Warrington South)
  • William Cash (Conservative – Stone)
  • Maria Caulfield (Conservative – Lewes)
  • Rehman Chishti (Conservative – Gillingham and Rainham)
  • Christopher Chope (Conservative – Christchurch)
  • Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative – Bassetlaw)
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative – The Cotswolds)
  • Thérèse Coffey (Conservative – Suffolk Coastal)
  • Robert Courts (Conservative – Witney)
  • Geoffrey Cox (Conservative – Torridge and West Devon)
  • Stephen Crabb (Conservative – Preseli Pembrokeshire)
  • Virginia Crosbie (Conservative – Ynys Môn)
  • David T C Davies (Conservative – Monmouth)
  • James Davies (Conservative – Vale of Clwyd)
  • Jeffrey M Donaldson (Democratic Unionist Party – Lagan Valley)
  • Michelle Donelan (Conservative – Chippenham)
  • Flick Drummond (Conservative – Meon Valley)
  • Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative – Chingford and Woodford Green)
  • Natalie Elphicke (Conservative – Dover)
  • Simon Fell (Conservative – Barrow and Furness)
  • Nick Fletcher (Conservative – Don Valley)
  • Kevin Foster (Conservative – Torbay)
  • Liam Fox (Conservative – North Somerset)
  • Mark Francois (Conservative – Rayleigh and Wickford)
  • Richard Fuller (Conservative – North East Bedfordshire)
  • Marcus Fysh (Conservative – Yeovil)
  • Roger Gale (Conservative – North Thanet)
  • Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party – South Antrim)
  • John Glen (Conservative – Salisbury)
  • Robert Goodwill (Conservative – Scarborough and Whitby)
  • Chris Grayling (Conservative – Epsom and Ewell)
  • Chris Green (Conservative – Bolton West)
  • Damian Green (Conservative – Ashford)
  • Andrew Griffith (Conservative – Arundel and South Downs)
  • Kate Griffiths (Conservative – Burton)
  • James Grundy (Conservative – Leigh)
  • Mark Harper (Conservative – Forest of Dean)
  • Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative – Hastings and Rye)
  • John Hayes (Conservative – South Holland and The Deepings)
  • Oliver Heald (Conservative – North East Hertfordshire)
  • Gordon Henderson (Conservative – Sittingbourne and Sheppey)
  • Philip Hollobone (Conservative – Kettering)
  • Neil Hudson (Conservative – Penrith and The Border)
  • Eddie Hughes (Conservative – Walsall North)
  • Tom Hunt (Conservative – Ipswich)
  • Ranil Jayawardena (Conservative – North East Hampshire)
  • Mark Jenkinson (Conservative – Workington)
  • Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative – Morley and Outwood)
  • Caroline Johnson (Conservative – Sleaford and North Hykeham)
  • David Jones (Conservative – Clwyd West)
  • Marcus Jones (Conservative – Nuneaton)
  • Mike Kane (Labour – Wythenshawe and Sale East)
  • Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative – Shrewsbury and Atcham)
  • Danny Kruger (Conservative – Devizes)
  • Pauline Latham (Conservative – Mid Derbyshire)
  • Andrea Leadsom (Conservative – South Northamptonshire)
  • Edward Leigh (Conservative – Gainsborough)
  • Ian Levy (Conservative – Blyth Valley)
  • Andrew Lewer (Conservative – Northampton South)
  • Julian Lewis (Conservative – New Forest East)
  • Carla Lockhart (Democratic Unionist Party – Upper Bann)
  • Chris Loder (Conservative – West Dorset)
  • Mark Logan (Conservative – Bolton North East)
  • Marco Longhi (Conservative – Dudley North)
  • Jonathan Lord (Conservative – Woking)
  • Craig Mackinlay (Conservative – South Thanet)
  • Cherilyn Mackrory (Conservative – Truro and Falmouth)
  • Scott Mann (Conservative – North Cornwall)
  • Rachael Maskell (Labour – York Central)
  • Jerome Mayhew (Conservative – Broadland)
  • Paul Maynard (Conservative – Blackpool North and Cleveleys)
  • Mark Menzies (Conservative – Fylde)
  • Stephen Metcalfe (Conservative – South Basildon and East Thurrock)
  • Robin Millar (Conservative – Aberconwy)
  • Gagan Mohindra (Conservative – South West Hertfordshire)
  • David Morris (Conservative – Morecambe and Lunesdale)
  • Kieran Mullan (Conservative – Crewe and Nantwich)
  • Holly Mumby-Croft (Conservative – Scunthorpe)
  • Sheryll Murray (Conservative – South East Cornwall)
  • Robert Neill (Conservative – Bromley and Chislehurst)
  • Neil O’Brien (Conservative – Harborough)
  • Matthew Offord (Conservative – Hendon)
  • Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party – North Antrim)
  • Owen Paterson (Conservative – North Shropshire)
  • Mark Pritchard (Conservative – The Wrekin)
  • Tom Pursglove (Conservative – Corby)
  • Tom Randall (Conservative – Gedling)
  • John Redwood (Conservative – Wokingham)
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative – North East Somerset)
  • Marie Rimmer (Labour – St Helens South and Whiston)
  • Rob Roberts (Conservative – Delyn)
  • Laurence Robertson (Conservative – Tewkesbury)
  • Gavin Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party – Belfast East)
  • Mary Robinson (Conservative – Cheadle)
  • Andrew Rosindell (Conservative – Romford)
  • Lee Rowley (Conservative – North East Derbyshire)
  • Gary Sambrook (Conservative – Birmingham, Northfield)
  • Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party – Strangford)
  • David Simmonds (Conservative – Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)
  • Greg Smith (Conservative – Buckingham)
  • Henry Smith (Conservative – Crawley)
  • Alexander Stafford (Conservative – Rother Valley)
  • John Stevenson (Conservative – Carlisle)
  • Iain Stewart (Conservative – Milton Keynes South)
  • Gary Streeter (Conservative – South West Devon)
  • James Sunderland (Conservative – Bracknell)
  • Desmond Swayne (Conservative – New Forest West)
  • Derek Thomas (Conservative – St Ives)
  • Maggie Throup (Conservative – Erewash)
  • Michael Tomlinson (Conservative – Mid Dorset and North Poole)
  • Martin Vickers (Conservative – Cleethorpes)
  • Matt Vickers (Conservative – Stockton South)
  • Heather Wheeler (Conservative – South Derbyshire)
  • Craig Whittaker (Conservative – Calder Valley)
  • Bill Wiggin (Conservative – North Herefordshire)
  • Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party – East Antrim)
  • Mike Wood (Conservative – Dudley South)
  • William Wragg (Conservative – Hazel Grove)
  • Jacob Young (Conservative – Redcar)

MPs who abstained

  • Nigel Adams (Conservative – Selby and Ainsty)
  • Bim Afolami (Conservative – Hitchin and Harpenden)
  • David Amess (Conservative – Southend West)
  • Caroline Ansell (Conservative – Eastbourne)
  • Edward Argar (Conservative – Charnwood)
  • Kemi Badenoch (Conservative – Saffron Walden)
  • Harriett Baldwin (Conservative – West Worcestershire)
  • Steve Barclay (Conservative – North East Cambridgeshire)
  • Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party – Livingston)
  • Órfhlaith Begley (Sinn Féin – West Tyrone)
  • Hilary Benn (Labour – Leeds Central)
  • Jake Berry  (Conservative – Rossendale and Darwen)
  • Saqib Bhatti (Conservative – Meriden)
  • Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party – Paisley and Renfrewshire South)
  • Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party – Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
  • Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party – Aberdeen North)
  • Paul Blomfield (Labour – Sheffield Central)
  • Steven Bonnar (Scottish National Party – Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
  • Peter Bottomley (Conservative – Worthing West)
  • Ben Bradley (Conservative – Mansfield)
  • Karen Bradley (Conservative – Staffordshire Moorlands)
  • Mickey Brady (Sinn Féin – Newry and Armagh)
  • Graham Brady (Conservative – Altrincham and Sale West)
  • Suella Braverman (Conservative – Fareham)
  • Jack Brereton (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent South)
  • Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh North and Leith)
  • James Brokenshire (Conservative – Old Bexley and Sidcup)
  • Alan Brown (Scottish National Party – Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
  • Karen Buck (Labour – Westminster North)
  • Robert Buckland (Conservative – South Swindon)
  • Conor Burns (Conservative – Bournemouth West)
  • Liam Byrne (Labour – Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
  • Alun Cairns (Conservative – Vale of Glamorgan)
  • Amy Callaghan (Scottish National Party – East Dunbartonshire)
  • James Cartlidge (Conservative – South Suffolk)
  • Miriam Cates (Conservative – Penistone and Stocksbridge)
  • Alex Chalk (Conservative – Cheltenham)
  • Sarah Champion (Labour – Rotherham)
  • Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party – Dunfermline and West Fife)
  • Joanna Cherry (Scottish National Party – Edinburgh South West)
  • Greg Clark (Conservative – Tunbridge Wells)
  • Simon Clarke (Conservative – Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
  • James Cleverly (Conservative – Braintree)
  • Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat – St Albans)
  • Rosie Cooper (Labour – West Lancashire)
  • Yvette Cooper (Labour – Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Labour – Islington North)
  • Alberto Costa (Conservative – South Leicestershire)
  • Claire Coutinho (Conservative – East Surrey)
  • Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party – Inverclyde)
  • Neil Coyle (Labour – Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
  • Angela Crawley (Scottish National Party – Lanark and Hamilton East)
  • Jon Cruddas (Labour – Dagenham and Rainham)
  • John Cryer (Labour – Leyton and Wanstead)
  • Judith Cummins (Labour – Bradford South)
  • Janet Daby (Labour – Lewisham East)
  • Gareth Davies (Conservative – Grantham and Stamford)
  • Geraint Davies (Labour – Swansea West)
  • Philip Davies (Conservative – Shipley)
  • David Davis (Conservative – Haltemprice and Howden)
  • Martyn Day (Scottish National Party – Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
  • Marsha De Cordova (Labour – Battersea)
  • Thangam Debbonaire (Labour – Bristol West)
  • Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour – Slough)
  • Leo Docherty (Conservative – Aldershot)
  • Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party – West Dunbartonshire)
  • Anneliese Dodds (Labour – Oxford East)
  • Dave Doogan (Scottish National Party – Angus)
  • Allan Dorans (Scottish National Party – Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
  • Nadine Dorries (Conservative – Mid Bedfordshire)
  • Steve Double (Conservative – St Austell and Newquay)
  • Peter Dowd (Labour – Bootle)
  • Oliver Dowden (Conservative – Hertsmere)
  • Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative – Thurrock)
  • Richard Drax (Conservative – South Dorset)
  • David Duguid (Conservative – Banff and Buchan)
  • Philip Dunne (Conservative – Ludlow)
  • Jonathan Edwards (Independent – Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
  • Michael Ellis (Conservative – Northampton North)
  • Tobias Ellwood (Conservative – Bournemouth East)
  • Florence Eshalomi (Labour – Vauxhall)
  • George Eustice (Conservative – Camborne and Redruth)
  • Chris Evans (Labour – Islwyn)
  • Luke Evans (Conservative – Bosworth)
  • Nigel Evans (Deputy Speaker – Ribble Valley)
  • David Evennett (Conservative – Bexleyheath and Crayford)
  • Laura Farris (Conservative – Newbury)
  • Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat – Westmorland and Lonsdale)
  • Marion Fellows (Scottish National Party – Motherwell and Wishaw)
  • Margaret Ferrier (Scottish National Party – Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
  • John Finucane (Sinn Féin – Belfast North)
  • Stephen Flynn (Scottish National Party – Aberdeen South)
  • Mary Kelly Foy (Labour – City of Durham)
  • Barry Gardiner (Labour – Brent North)
  • Nick Gibb (Conservative – Bognor Regis and Littlehampton)
  • Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party – North Ayrshire and Arran)
  • Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Féin – Fermanagh and South Tyrone)
  • Cheryl Gillan (Conservative – Chesham and Amersham)
  • Mary Glindon (Labour – North Tyneside)
  • Michael Gove (Conservative – Surrey Heath)
  • Patrick Grady (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North)
  • Peter Grant (Scottish National Party – Glenrothes)
  • James Gray (Conservative – North Wiltshire)
  • Neil Gray (Scottish National Party – Airdrie and Shotts)
  • Andrew Gwynne (Labour – Denton and Reddish)
  • Stephen Hammond (Conservative – Wimbledon)
  • Matt Hancock (Conservative – West Suffolk)
  • Greg Hands (Conservative – Chelsea and Fulham)
  • Neale Hanvey (Scottish National Party – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
  • Harriet Harman (Labour – Camberwell and Peckham)
  • Rebecca Harris (Conservative – Castle Point)
  • Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin – South Down)
  • John Healey (Labour – Wentworth and Dearne)
  • James Heappey (Conservative – Wells)
  • Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative – Daventry)
  • Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party – Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
  • Darren Henry (Conservative – Broxtowe)
  • Meg Hillier (Labour – Hackney South and Shoreditch)
  • Damian Hinds (Conservative – East Hampshire)
  • Simon Hoare (Conservative – North Dorset)
  • Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat – Bath)
  • Richard Holden (Conservative – North West Durham)
  • Kate Hollern (Labour – Blackburn)
  • Kevin Hollinrake (Conservative – Thirsk and Malton)
  • Adam Holloway (Conservative – Gravesham)
  • Stewart Hosie (Scottish National Party – Dundee East)
  • Paul Howell (Conservative – Sedgefield)
  • Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker – Chorley)
  • Nigel Huddleston (Conservative – Mid Worcestershire)
  • Jeremy Hunt (Conservative – South West Surrey)
  • Rupa Huq (Labour – Ealing Central and Acton)
  • Imran Hussain (Labour – Bradford East)
  • Alister Jack (Conservative – Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Sajid Javid (Conservative – Bromsgrove)
  • Boris Johnson (Conservative – Uxbridge and South Ruislip)
  • Diana Johnson (Labour – Kingston upon Hull North)
  • Gareth Johnson (Conservative – Dartford)
  • Andrew Jones (Conservative – Harrogate and Knaresborough)
  • Darren Jones (Labour – Bristol North West)
  • Gillian Keegan (Conservative – Chichester)
  • Liz Kendall (Labour – Leicester West)
  • Stephen Kinnock (Labour – Aberavon)
  • Julian Knight (Conservative – Solihull)
  • Greg Knight (Conservative – East Yorkshire)
  • Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative – Spelthorne)
  • Eleanor Laing (Deputy Speaker – Epping Forest)
  • Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru – Ceredigion)
  • David Lammy (Labour – Tottenham)
  • John Lamont (Conservative – Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
  • Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour – South Shields)
  • David Linden (Scottish National Party – Glasgow East)
  • Julia Lopez (Conservative – Hornchurch and Upminster)
  • Jack Lopresti (Conservative – Filton and Bradley Stoke)
  • Caroline Lucas (Green Party – Brighton, Pavilion)
  • Kenny MacAskill (Scottish National Party – East Lothian)
  • Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party – Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
  • Khalid Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham, Perry Barr)
  • Alan Mak (Conservative – Havant)
  • Paul Maskey (Sinn Féin – Belfast West)
  • Theresa May (Conservative – Maidenhead)
  • Siobhain McDonagh (Labour – Mitcham and Morden)
  • Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Scottish National Party – Glasgow South)
  • Stuart C McDonald (Scottish National Party – Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
  • Pat McFadden (Labour – Wolverhampton South East)
  • Alison McGovern (Labour – Wirral South)
  • Catherine McKinnell (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne North)
  • Anne McLaughlin (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North East)
  • John McNally (Scottish National Party – Falkirk)
  • Stephen McPartland (Conservative – Stevenage)
  • Esther McVey (Conservative – Tatton)
  • Ian Mearns (Labour – Gateshead)
  • Johnny Mercer (Conservative – Plymouth, Moor View)
  • Edward Miliband (Labour – Doncaster North)
  • Amanda Milling (Conservative – Cannock Chase)
  • Nigel Mills (Conservative – Amber Valley)
  • Francie Molloy (Sinn Féin – Mid Ulster)
  • Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party – Glasgow North West)
  • Damien Moore (Conservative – Southport)
  • Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat – Oxford West and Abingdon)
  • Penny Mordaunt (Conservative – Portsmouth North)
  • Anne Marie Morris (Conservative – Newton Abbot)
  • James Morris (Conservative – Halesowen and Rowley Regis)
  • Joy Morrissey (Conservative – Beaconsfield)
  • Wendy Morton (Conservative – Aldridge-Brownhills)
  • Andrew Murrison (Conservative – South West Wiltshire)
  • Lisa Nandy (Labour – Wigan)
  • Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party – Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
  • John Nicolson (Scottish National Party – Ochil and South Perthshire)
  • Jesse Norman (Conservative – Hereford and South Herefordshire)
  • Brendan O’Hara (Scottish National Party – Argyll and Bute)
  • Abena Oppong-Asare (Labour – Erith and Thamesmead)
  • Kate Osamor (Labour – Edmonton)
  • Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party – East Renfrewshire)
  • Taiwo Owatemi (Labour – Coventry North West)
  • Neil Parish (Conservative – Tiverton and Honiton)
  • Priti Patel (Conservative – Witham)
  • Mark Pawsey (Conservative – Rugby)
  • Stephanie Peacock (Labour – Barnsley East)
  • Matthew Pennycook (Labour – Greenwich and Woolwich)
  • Andrew Percy (Conservative – Brigg and Goole)
  • Bridget Phillipson (Labour – Houghton and Sunderland South)
  • Christopher Pincher (Conservative – Tamworth)
  • Victoria Prentis (Conservative – Banbury)
  • Jeremy Quin (Conservative – Horsham)
  • Will Quince (Conservative – Colchester)
  • Dominic Raab (Conservative – Esher and Walton)
  • Angela Rayner (Labour – Ashton-under-Lyne)
  • Steve Reed (Labour – Croydon North)
  • Rachel Reeves (Labour – Leeds West)
  • Matt Rodda (Labour – Reading East)
  • Douglas Ross (Conservative – Moray)
  • Dean Russell (Conservative – Watford)
  • David Rutley (Conservative – Macclesfield)
  • Paul Scully (Conservative – Sutton and Cheam)
  • Bob Seely (Conservative – Isle of Wight)
  • Andrew Selous (Conservative – South West Bedfordshire)
  • Grant Shapps (Conservative – Welwyn Hatfield)
  • Alok Sharma (Conservative – Reading West)
  • Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative – Elmet and Rothwell)
  • Andy Slaughter (Labour – Hammersmith)
  • Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party – Stirling)
  • Chloe Smith (Conservative – Norwich North)
  • Nick Smith (Labour – Blaenau Gwent)
  • Royston Smith (Conservative – Southampton, Itchen)
  • Karin Smyth (Labour – Bristol South)
  • Amanda Solloway (Conservative – Derby North)
  • John Spellar (Labour – Warley)
  • Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party – Glasgow South West)
  • Jane Stevenson (Conservative – Wolverhampton North East)
  • Bob Stewart (Conservative – Beckenham)
  • Mel Stride (Conservative – Central Devon)
  • Graham Stuart (Conservative – Beverley and Holderness)
  • Rishi Sunak (Conservative – Richmond (Yorks))
  • Robert Syms (Conservative – Poole)
  • Alison Thewliss (Scottish National Party – Glasgow Central)
  • Gareth Thomas (Labour – Harrow West)
  • Owen Thompson (Scottish National Party – Midlothian)
  • Richard Thomson (Scottish National Party – Gordon)
  • Stephen Timms (Labour – East Ham)
  • Edward Timpson (Conservative – Eddisbury)
  • Kelly Tolhurst (Conservative – Rochester and Strood)
  • Justin Tomlinson (Conservative – North Swindon)
  • Craig Tracey (Conservative – North Warwickshire)
  • Elizabeth Truss (Conservative – South West Norfolk)
  • Tom Tugendhat (Conservative – Tonbridge and Malling)
  • Shailesh Vara (Conservative – North West Cambridgeshire)
  • Theresa Villiers (Conservative – Chipping Barnet)
  • Charles Walker (Conservative – Broxbourne)
  • Ben Wallace (Conservative – Wyre and Preston North)
  • Jamie Wallis (Conservative – Bridgend)
  • David Warburton (Conservative – Somerton and Frome)
  • Giles Watling (Conservative – Clacton)
  • Catherine West (Labour – Hornsey and Wood Green)
  • Helen Whately (Conservative – Faversham and Mid Kent)
  • Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party – Central Ayrshire)
  • John Whittingdale (Conservative – Maldon)
  • Nadia Whittome (Labour – Nottingham East)
  • Craig Williams (Conservative – Montgomeryshire)
  • Rosie Winterton (Deputy Speaker – Doncaster Central)
  • Pete Wishart (Scottish National Party – Perth and North Perthshire)
  • Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative – Stratford-on-Avon)
Division // Voting list – House of Lords

Peers who voted in favour of the motion 🙁

  • Lord Aberdare
  • Lord Adonis
  • Lord Agnew of Oulton
  • Lord Alderdice
  • Lord Allan of Hallam
  • Lord Alli
  • Baroness Altmann
  • Baroness Amos
  • Lord Anderson of Ipswich
  • Lord Anderson of Swansea
  • Baroness Anelay of St Johns
  • Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom
  • Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top
  • Lord Ashton of Hyde
  • Baroness Ashton of Upholland
  • Lord Astor of Hever
  • Lord Bach
  • Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
  • Lord Balfe
  • Baroness Barker
  • Baroness Barran
  • Lord Bassam of Brighton
  • Lord Beecham
  • Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
  • Lord Berkeley
  • Lord Bethell
  • Baroness Billingham
  • Lord Black of Brentwood
  • Baroness Blackstone
  • Lord Blackwell
  • Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
  • Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
  • Baroness Blower
  • Lord Boateng
  • Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury
  • Lord Borwick
  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
  • Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted
  • Lord Bowness
  • Lord Boyce
  • Lord Brabazon of Tara
  • Lord Bradley
  • Lord Bradshaw
  • Baroness Brady
  • Baroness Brinton
  • Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
  • Lord Brougham and Vaux
  • Baroness Brown of Cambridge
  • Lord Browne of Ladyton
  • Lord Bruce of Bennachie
  • Baroness Bryan of Partick
  • Baroness Bull
  • Baroness Burt of Solihull
  • Baroness Buscombe
  • Baroness Butler-Sloss
  • Lord Callanan
  • Lord Campbell of Pittenweem
  • Lord Campbell-Savours
  • Lord Carrington of Fulham
  • Lord Carter of Coles
  • Lord Cashman
  • Lord Cavendish of Furness
  • Baroness Chakrabarti
  • Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
  • Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
  • Lord Choudrey
  • The Earl of Clancarty
  • Baroness Clark of Calton
  • Lord Clark of Windermere
  • Lord Clement-Jones
  • Lord Collins of Highbury
  • Lord Colwyn
  • Lord Cooper of Windrush
  • The Earl of Cork and Orrery
  • Baroness Corston
  • The Earl of Courtown
  • Baroness Coussins
  • Viscount Craigavon
  • Lord Crathorne
  • Baroness Crawley
  • Lord Crisp
  • Lord Cunningham of Felling
  • Lord Darling of Roulanish
  • Lord Davies of Gower
  • Lord Davies of Oldham
  • Lord Davies of Stamford
  • Baroness Deech
  • Baroness Donaghy
  • Baroness Doocey
  • Baroness Drake
  • Lord Drayson
  • Baroness D’Souza
  • Lord Dubs
  • Lord Duncan of Springbank
  • The Earl of Dundee
  • Lord Eatwell
  • The Earl of Erroll
  • Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
  • Lord Fairfax of Cameron
  • Lord Falconer of Thoroton
  • Baroness Fall
  • Lord Faulkner of Worcester
  • Baroness Featherstone
  • Lord Feldman of Elstree
  • Lord Fink
  • Baroness Finn
  • Baroness Fookes
  • Lord Foster of Bath
  • Lord Foulkes of Cumnock
  • Lord Fox
  • Lord Freud
  • Lord Freyberg
  • Lord Gadhia
  • Baroness Gale
  • Baroness Garden of Frognal
  • Baroness Gardner of Parkes
  • Lord Garnier
  • Lord Geddes
  • Lord German
  • Lord Giddens
  • Lord Gilbert of Panteg
  • Lord Glenarthur
  • Lord Goddard of Stockport
  • Lord Gold
  • Baroness Goldie
  • Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
  • Lord Goldsmith
  • Lord Goodlad
  • Lord Grantchester
  • Lord Greaves
  • Lord Greenhalgh
  • Baroness Grender
  • Lord Griffiths of Burry Port
  • Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
  • Lord Hague of Richmond
  • Viscount Hailsham
  • Lord Hain
  • Baroness Hamwee
  • Viscount Hanworth
  • Baroness Harding of Winscombe
  • Lord Harris of Haringey
  • Baroness Harris of Richmond
  • Lord Haselhurst
  • Lord Haskel
  • Lord Haworth
  • Baroness Hayman
  • Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
  • Lord Hayward
  • Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill
  • Baroness Helic
  • Lord Hendy
  • Baroness Henig
  • Lord Henley
  • Baroness Hilton of Eggardon
  • Baroness Hodgson of Abinger
  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
  • Lord Hogan-Howe
  • Lord Hope of Craighead
  • Lord Horam
  • Lord Howarth of Newport
  • Earl Howe
  • Lord Howell of Guildford
  • Baroness Hughes of Stretford
  • Baroness Humphreys
  • Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green
  • Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
  • Lord Hunt of Wirral
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece
  • Lord James of Blackheath
  • Baroness Janke
  • Lord Jay of Ewelme
  • Baroness Jay of Paddington
  • Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
  • Baroness Jolly
  • Lord Jones of Cheltenham
  • Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
  • Baroness Jones of Whitchurch
  • Lord Jopling
  • Lord Judd
  • Lord Kakkar
  • Lord Keen of Elie
  • Baroness Kennedy of Cradley
  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark
  • Lord Kerslake
  • Lord King of Bridgwater
  • Baroness Kingsmill
  • Lord Kirkham
  • Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate
  • Lord Knight of Weymouth
  • Baroness Kramer
  • Lord Krebs
  • Lord Laming
  • Lord Lang of Monkton
  • Lord Lansley
  • Lord Layard
  • Lord Lee of Trafford
  • Lord Leigh of Hurley
  • Lord Lennie
  • Lord Lexden
  • Lord Liddle
  • The Earl of Lindsay
  • Lord Lingfield
  • Lord Lipsey
  • Baroness Lister of Burtersett
  • Lord Livermore
  • Lord Livingston of Parkhead
  • Lord Low of Dalston
  • Baroness Ludford
  • Lord Lupton
  • Lord Macdonald of River Glaven
  • Lord MacKenzie of Culkein
  • Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate
  • Baroness Mallalieu
  • Lord Mann
  • Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames
  • Lord Marland
  • Lord Marlesford
  • Baroness Massey of Darwen
  • Lord Maude of Horsham
  • Lord Maxton
  • Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale
  • Baroness McDonagh
  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
  • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering
  • Lord McNicol of West Kilbride
  • Baroness Meacher
  • Lord Mendelsohn
  • Lord Mitchell
  • Baroness Mobarik
  • The Duke of Montrose
  • Baroness Morgan of Cotes
  • Baroness Morgan of Huyton
  • Baroness Morris of Yardley
  • Lord Moynihan
  • Lord Naseby
  • Lord Nash
  • Lord Newby
  • Baroness Newlove
  • Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne
  • Baroness Noakes
  • Lord Northbrook
  • Baroness Northover
  • Lord Norton of Louth
  • Baroness Nye
  • Lord Oates
  • Lord Paddick
  • Lord Pannick
  • Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
  • Baroness Parminter
  • Lord Patel of Bradford
  • Lord Patel
  • Baroness Penn
  • Lord Pickles
  • Baroness Pinnock
  • Baroness Pitkeathley
  • Lord Polak
  • Lord Porter of Spalding
  • Lord Price
  • Baroness Primarolo
  • Lord Purvis of Tweed
  • Baroness Quin
  • Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale
  • Lord Randall of Uxbridge
  • Baroness Randerson
  • Lord Ranger
  • Lord Ravensdale
  • Lord Razzall
  • Lord Redesdale
  • Baroness Redfern
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow
  • Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
  • Lord Rennard
  • Viscount Ridley
  • Lord Roberts of Llandudno
  • Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
  • Baroness Rock
  • Lord Rogan
  • Lord Rosser
  • Lord Rotherwick
  • Lord Rowlands
  • Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
  • Lord Russell of Liverpool
  • Baroness Sanderson of Welton
  • Baroness Sater
  • Lord Sawyer
  • Baroness Scott of Bybrook
  • Baroness Scott of Needham Market
  • Lord Scriven
  • Lord Selkirk of Douglas
  • Lord Sharkey
  • Baroness Sheehan
  • Lord Sheikh
  • Baroness Shephard of Northwold
  • Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury
  • Lord Shipley
  • The Earl of Shrewsbury
  • Lord Shutt of Greetland
  • Viscount Simon
  • Baroness Smith of Basildon
  • Lord Smith of Finsbury
  • Lord Smith of Hindhead
  • Lord Snape
  • Lord Stephen
  • Lord Stern of Brentford
  • Baroness Stern
  • Lord Stevenson of Balmacara
  • Lord Stirrup
  • Lord Stone of Blackheath
  • Lord Stoneham of Droxford
  • Lord Storey
  • Baroness Stowell of Beeston
  • Lord Strasburger
  • Lord Stunell
  • Baroness Sugg
  • Baroness Taylor of Bolton
  • Lord Taylor of Goss Moor
  • Lord Taylor of Holbeach
  • Lord Thomas of Gresford
  • Baroness Thomas of Winchester
  • Baroness Thornhill
  • Baroness Thornton
  • Viscount Thurso
  • Baroness Tonge
  • Lord Tope
  • Lord Truscott
  • Lord Tugendhat
  • Lord Tunnicliffe
  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield
  • Lord Tyler
  • Baroness Vere of Norbiton
  • Baroness Verma
  • Lord Wakeham
  • Lord Waldegrave of North Hill
  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire
  • Baroness Walmsley
  • Baroness Warsi
  • Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe
  • Lord Wasserman
  • Baroness Watkins of Tavistock
  • Lord Watts
  • Baroness Wheeler
  • Baroness Whitaker
  • Lord Wigley
  • Baroness Wilcox of Newport
  • Lord Willetts
  • Lord Willis of Knaresborough
  • Lord Wills
  • Lord Winston
  • Lord Wood of Anfield
  • Lord Wrigglesworth
  • Lord Young of Cookham
  • Baroness Young of Hornsey
  • Lord Young of Norwood Green
  • Baroness Young of Old Scone
  • Viscount Younger of Leckie

Peers who voted against the motion 🙂

  • Lord Addington
  • Lord Alton of Liverpool
  • Baroness Bakewell
  • Lord Best
  • Lord Birt
  • The Lord Bishop of Blackburn
  • Lord Blencathra
  • Lord Browne of Belmont
  • Lord Butler of Brockwell
  • Baroness Campbell of Surbiton
  • The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Lord Bishop of Carlisle
  • The Lord Bishop of Coventry
  • Baroness Cox
  • Lord Dholakia
  • The Lord Bishop of Durham
  • Baroness Eaton
  • Lord Elder
  • Lord Farmer
  • Lord Finkelstein
  • Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
  • Lord Flight
  • Lord Forsyth of Drumlean
  • Lord Framlingham
  • Lord Glendonbrook
  • Baroness Goudie
  • Baroness Grey-Thompson
  • Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
  • Baroness Hanham
  • Lord Harries of Pentregarth
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick
  • Lord Hay of Ballyore
  • Baroness Hollins
  • Lord Holmes of Richmond
  • Lord Inglewood
  • Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws
  • Lord Kilclooney
  • The Earl of Liverpool
  • Lord Mackay of Clashfern
  • Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
  • Lord Mancroft
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton
  • Lord McColl of Dulwich
  • Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown
  • Lord McInnes of Kilwinning
  • Lord McNally
  • Baroness Meyer
  • Lord Monks
  • Lord Morris of Aberavon
  • Lord Morrow
  • Baroness Neville-Jones
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe
  • Baroness O’Loan
  • Baroness Osamor
  • Lord Palmer of Childs Hill
  • Lord Patten
  • The Lord Bishop of Peterborough
  • Baroness Prosser
  • Baroness Rawlings
  • Lord Ribeiro
  • Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick
  • Lord Robathan
  • Lord Rowe-Beddoe
  • Lord Shinkwin
  • Baroness Smith of Newnham
  • The Duke of Somerset
  • Lord Stoddart of Swindon
  • Baroness Suttie
  • Lord Taverne
  • Lord Taylor of Warwick
  • Lord Teverson
  • Lord Trevethin and Oaksey
  • Lord Walker of Aldringham
  • Viscount Waverley
  • Lord Wei
  • Lord West of Spithead
  • The Lord Bishop of Winchester

House of Lords approves UK Government’s extreme abortion regime for Northern Ireland

The House of Lords has voted 355 to 77 in favour of a motion approving the UK Government’s extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland.

An amendment to the motion, put forward by Baroness O’Loan, calling on peers not to approve the regulations was also defeated, with 112 votes in favour and 388 against.

While tonight’s vote in the House of Lords is a defeat for pro-life campaigners and the people of Northern Ireland they may indicate a change in momentum in the House of Lords.

A far larger group of peers voted against the motion than those who opposed a motion in July 2019 to impose abortion on Northern Ireland, which was only opposed by 37 peers. This indicates that there has been a large increase in the number of active pro-life peers in the House of Lords.

In her amendment, Baroness O’Loan noted the extreme abortion regime has been rejected by the people of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

In addition, her amendment brings attention to how the extreme abortion regime discriminates against those with a disability and allows sex-selective abortion in the first 12 weeks of gestation.

Speaking in the House of Lords tonight, the former police commissioner reiterated that a majority of Northern Ireland’s 90 MLAs voted to reject the regulations and that 79% of consultation respondents were against any change in abortion law.

She also highlighted that over 18,000 people from the province have signed an open letter urging Westminster to let Northern Ireland decide its own abortion laws.

Pleading with her fellow peers, in her closing remarks, Baroness O’Loan said: “listen to the people of Northern Ireland, listen to our Assembly, do not approve these regulations.”

In his amendment, disabled peer Lord Shinkwin called on peers to decline the regulations on the grounds that they discriminate and perpetuate stereotypes against those with a disability.

The peer, who was born with a rare genetic brittle bone disease, told News Letter: “Although technically the regulations only relate to Northern Ireland, the whole UK Parliament is being invited to endorse them and to thereby legitimise disability discrimination.”

Lord Shinkwin did not take his amendment through to a vote.

‘A huge disappointment’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: 

“Tonight’s vote in the House of Lords is not just a blow to the people of Northern Ireland and to the majority of MLAs, who voted against the extreme abortion regime at the Northern Ireland Assembly, but is also a huge disappointment for both pro-life campaigners and people with disabilities across the UK. 

“People such as Heidi Crowter and Lord Shinkwin who have expressed that the current law in the UK makes them ‘want to cry’ and tells them ‘they are better off dead’.”

“Following stirring speeches from the likes of Lord Alton, Baroness O’Loan, Lord Shinkwin, Lord Taylor of Warwick, Baroness Stroud, and Lord McCrea a far larger group of peers decided to vote against the regulations than did in 2019. 

This may indicate a change in momentum in the House of Lords with a large increase in the number of active pro-life peers in the House of Lords. 

“Thank you to the thousands of people around the country who have written to peers asking them to oppose these regulations. While we may not have been able to get the result we wanted tonight, your work helped get a far larger group of peers taking a pro-life position on these regulations. This provides an excellent starting point for building further support for positive pro-life changes to abortion legislation in the future.”

What happens next?

Following tonight’s votes in the House of Lord’s, MPs will vote on whether to approve the extreme abortion regime, with the vote likely to take place on Wednesday.

If MPs vote down the redrafted regulations it will send a very strong signal to the Government that these extreme regulations should not be imposed on Northern Ireland.

They will then be forced to, again, redraft the regulations to either be less extreme or bring forward legislation allowing parliament to vote on revoking the regulations.

The second of those options would give back control to the people of Northern Ireland through the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Lords Committee critical of extreme NI abortion regime in second report

A highly influential House of Lord’s Committee has again criticised the Government’s approach to imposing abortion on Northern Ireland.

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which scrutinises legislation parliament has granted the Government power to introduce, has released a new report highlighting even more concerns with the extreme regulations.

Chief among the Committee’s new criticisms is that neither the current set nor the former set of abortion regulations, imposed on Northern Ireland, have been introduced without the scrutiny or approval of MPs or Peers.

The report notes that while “no services have been formally commissioned in Northern Ireland” some abortion provision has been made available, as confirmed by a recent disclosure which revealed at least 129 babies have been aborted under the new extreme abortion regime.  

It suggests MPs may wish to press the Minister for Northern Ireland, Robin Walker, about the extent of the service provision since 1 April 2020 – something they will have a chance to do later today (Monday 8 June 2020).

The House of Lords Committee also raises significant concerns from the Lord Brennan QC, and leading barrister, Ian Leist QC who have questioned the legitimacy of the extreme abortion regime.

In a submission to the House of Lords Committee the pair described last month’s decision to re-table the regulations four months after the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly as “constitutionally indefensible”.

They add: “The Government should not have re-tabled but should instead be asking parliament to repeal Section 9. This again is a matter of fundamental legal and political importance that I would suggest must be brought to the attention of the House.”

Repealing section 9 of the regulations would give the people of Northern Ireland the power to decide its own abortion legislation.

In addition to the submissions made in the first report, which highlighted overwhelming opposition to the regulations and condemned how they came about, this second report references further critical submissions.

Abortions for cleft lip?

Following the launch of a Bill seeking to clarify cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot are not grounds for abortion, new submissions from Carla Lockhart MP and Sir Edward Leigh MP have highlighted how the extreme regulations in Northern Ireland won’t prevent abortions being performed for such conditions.

Carla Lockhart said: “This is discrimination based solely on disability… I believe human being extends to those in the womb (notably, the term is more expansive than the term ‘person’ which some suggest does not cover those in the womb), and allowing abortion for disability clearly does not treat those in the womb with disabilities equally.”

Sir Edward Leigh said: “As a Member of Parliament for England, I find it incredibly distressing that the UK Government legally permits disability-selective abortion at a time period where the law recognises that babies are capable of being born alive. What makes this worse is that the UK Government is imposing a similar discriminatory law on Northern Ireland.”

‘Women are less protected’ 

In a separate submission, Lord Brennan QC highlights how protections for women from being coerced into abortions have been weakened with the new regulations and open them up to coercive abortions. 

He said: “Women are less well protected from coercive abortions in Northern Ireland today than anywhere else in the UK. Moreover, they are far from compliant with Article 39 of the Istanbul Convention which requires signatories to prohibit coercive abortion. 

“Again, the fact that these Regulations inexplicably do not deal properly with coercive abortion makes them politically and legally important. These Regulations consequently give rise to issues of public policy that are certain to be of interest to the House.”

Lack of conscience protections is discriminatory

Lord Brennan, Lord Alton, Baroness O’Loan and pro-life groups Both Lives Matter and NI Voiceless have all highlighted the lack of adequate conscience protections in the legislation. It could mean some healthcare professionals could be forced to participate in abortion procedures or face losing their jobs.

Lord Alton of Liverpool said the new legislation discriminates against doctors, healthcare professionals, administrative and managerial staff and puts them

in a position where they may be disadvantaged in their employment opportunities because of their views on abortion.

Abuse of power

Right To Life UK also raised a number of problems with the regulations, showing how “the UK Government went far beyond what they were legally required to when laying these regulations, despite the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive in January”.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“These regulations legalise sex-selective abortion and introduce abortion for babies with disabilities including cleft lip, club foot and Down’s syndrome to birth. They introduce defacto abortion-on-demand to Northern Ireland through to 24-weeks. 

“They also open up abortion provision to midwives and nurses. This goes much further than the law In England and Wales, where abortions can only be performed by a doctor and the Abortion Act requires the approval of two doctors before an abortion can be performed.  

“This influential Committee has twice chosen to draw these regulations to the special attention of the House, reporting on a number of serious issues with the regulations.

“MPs at Westminster must take on board these criticisms, as they debate the regulations today ahead of a vote later this month.”

PM will leave ‘legacy of discrimination and death’ if disability abortion forced on Northern Ireland

Lord Shinkwin has said Theresa May will leave a “legacy of discrimination and death”  if disability abortion is forced on Northern Ireland. He also said the abortion amendment suggests people diagnosed with a disability before birth “would only be considered good enough for the incinerator.”

In the final debate in the House of Lords over extreme abortion amendments added to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, Lord Kevin Shinkwin attacked the abortion amendment, citing the damage it will do to people with disabilities and the legacy the outgoing Prime Minister will leave behind.

Lord Shinkwin, who himself has a disability, said:

“I am good enough to sit in your Lordships’ House, but this Bill suggests that someone diagnosed before birth with a disability such as mine in Northern Ireland would only be considered good enough for the incinerator.”

“Because that is the brutal message of this Bill: if you are diagnosed with a disability before birth in Northern Ireland, you will not just be worth less than a non-disabled human being; you will be worthless—you would be better off dead. What a dreadful message for this House to send the people of Northern Ireland, without even having consulted them in advance.”

Lord Shinkwin went on to read out part of a letter from more than 700 people with Down’s syndrome and their families addressed to the Prime Minister. The letter read:

“Theresa May, do you really want to look back at your time in Parliament and see one of your final acts being to introduce a change in the law that would be discriminating against our community and likely lead to many more babies with Down’s syndrome being aborted in a time of equality?”

In England and Wales, 90% of human beings diagnosed before ​birth with Down’s syndrome are aborted. In the last 10 years there as been a 42% increase in abortion of human beings with Down’s syndrome.

“If human beings diagnosed before birth with disabilities such as mine were wild animals, they would be given endangered species status and protected by law.”

“But we are only disabled human beings, so instead we face gradual extinction. That is what this Bill imposes on Northern Ireland, without consultation.”

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Full text of Lord Shinkwin’s speech

Lord Shinkwin

My Lords, I will speak in support of Amendments 16 and 16A. We have already heard how understandably upset the people and the politicians of Northern Ireland are at not having been consulted about our imposing massive changes on them on such hugely sensitive issues. But what we have not heard are the views of disabled people in Northern Ireland. For the simple fact is that, if the Bill becomes law, human beings in Northern Ireland with conditions like mine will suffer the death penalty for the crime of being diagnosed with a disability before birth.

I asked my noble friend the Minister several questions in Committee on Monday; he answered not one of them, so I will have another try. First, can he tell me what consultation has been carried out of people with Down’s syndrome or their families in Northern Ireland? The Prime Minister prides herself on the Government’s professed commitment to equality, so perhaps my noble friend the Minister could tell the House what effort the Government have made to establish how people with Down’s syndrome and their families in Northern Ireland feel about the prospect of human beings with Down’s syndrome being aborted and denied their equal right to exist? I would be very happy to give way if my noble friend would care to answer.

Lord Duncan of Springbank

Absolutely. This remains, at present, a fully devolved matter, and that consultation would be undertaken by the devolved entity. At the present time there is no devolved entity, and that consultation has not been undertaken by those MLAs or by the restored Executive; it is not there. We have been able to move this matter forward only since the instruction of the other place only a short time ago.

Lord Shinkwin

I thank my noble friend for his answer. In that case, I hope very much that he will accept Amendments 16 and 16A, since he has just emphasised his commitment to consultation.

Lord Duncan of Springbank

I would not normally stand up at this point, but it is important to note that the consultation envisaged in the early amendments, which have already passed, would have that full consultation because disabled people in Northern Ireland are a protected group.

Lord Shinkwin

I wonder whether my noble friend could possibly help me with this question. Could he tell me why—

Baroness Smith of Basildon

May I suggest that if the noble Lord wants the Minister to answer questions, he makes his speech and the Minister answers at the end? That would be a courtesy to the House, and more helpful.

Lord Shinkwin

The question is actually directly related to the House, so if I may I will continue.

I wonder if my noble friend, or indeed anyone in the House, could tell me why—I can quite understand why the noble Baroness would perhaps not like me to ask this question—as someone who was born with a disability, I am good enough to sit in your Lordships’ House, but this Bill suggests that someone diagnosed before birth with a disability such as mine in Northern Ireland would only be considered good enough for the incinerator. Because that is the brutal message of this Bill: if you are diagnosed with a disability before birth in Northern Ireland, you will not just be worth less than a non-disabled human being; you will be worthless—you would be better off dead. What a dreadful message for this House to send the people of Northern Ireland, without even having consulted them in advance.

As a disabled person, I am used to people feeling sorry for me, but today it is I who feel sorry for my party. What a desperately sad position this Bill puts my party in. Not only does it make a mockery of any pretence at government neutrality on a matter of conscience; it also enshrines inequality in law for Northern Ireland—and all this without consulting the people of Northern Ireland or their MLAs. How ironic that this is happening just before we celebrate a quarter of a century since my party, the Conservative Party, introduced the Disability Discrimination Act, which championed disability equality.

Perhaps saddest of all is the legacy the Prime Minister leaves if this Bill becomes law—a legacy of discrimination and death. Instead of ending burning injustices, if this Bill becomes law she will be leaving office after the creation of one of the biggest burning injustices imaginable.

Earlier this evening, my noble friend the Minister read out part of a letter to the Prime Minister concerning the amendments on same-sex marriage. I will do the same, only mine is a letter to the Prime Minister from more than 500 people with Down’s syndrome and their families. Perhaps my noble friend the Minister has it in his briefing pack—perhaps not. This is what they say:

“Theresa May, do you really want to look back at your time in Parliament and see one of your final acts being to introduce a change in the law that would be discriminating against our community and likely lead to many more babies with Down’s syndrome being aborted in a time of equality”.

How do they know the likely death toll for Down’s syndrome diagnosis? They know because in England and Wales, 90% of human beings diagnosed before ​birth with Down’s syndrome are already aborted. Indeed, while the last 10 years have seen amazing advances in medicine and technology, they have also seen a 42% increase in abortion of human beings with Down’s syndrome.

So, the writing is on the wall. If human beings diagnosed before birth with disabilities such as mine were wild animals, they would be given endangered species status and protected by law. But we are only disabled human beings, so instead we face gradual extinction. That is what this Bill imposes on Northern Ireland, without consultation.

I close with two questions for my noble friend. He is rightly respected as a leading advocate of LGBT rights and I take this opportunity to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, on her recent marriage and to wish her and her wife every happiness. Love is love. It is a wonderful thing, as is the personal and societal security, stability and happiness that flow from it. My point is this: I would never presume to invalidate anyone’s love for another human being, including by denying them the right to get married. But why, then, do my noble friend and the Government use this Bill to invalidate the most fundamental right of all: every human being’s equal right to exist? For that, ultimately, is what this Bill does, and without the consent of the people of Northern Ireland or their MLAs.

My last question is this. Recent reports in the media suggest that the day is fast approaching when a predisposition to same-sex attraction can be established before birth. Yet there will be nothing to prevent abortions on that basis, although another reason would presumably be given. Would my noble friend stand at the Dispatch Box and defend the right for people to make such a choice, or would he stand with me and say that such discrimination would be unacceptable and wrong? If, as I hope, he would join me in opposing such discrimination, how can he possibly defend such discrimination against human beings whose only crime is to be diagnosed with a disability before birth?

It is no less unacceptable and wrong for us to impose such inequality on the people of Northern Ireland without their consent. It is vital that, at the very least, that consent is secured by introducing a requirement that a majority of MLAs support regulations before they are laid before Parliament. I urge noble Lords to support Amendments 16 and 16A.