How each Labour MP voted on Equal Marriage

February 5, 2013 9:00 pm

According to the Press Association – here’s how Labour MPs voted on Equal marriage:

For – 220. Against – 22. Did not vote or abstentions – 16.

90% of the PLP voted for Equal Marriage. Less than 50% of Tory MPs backed Cameron and voted for Equal Marriage

Voted For – 220

Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East & Saddleworth)
Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East)
Douglas Alexander (Paisley & Renfrewshire South)
Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)
Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow)
Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
Dave Anderson (Blaydon)
Mr Jon Ashworth (Leicester South)
Ian Austin (Dudley North)
Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Willie Bain (Glasgow North East)
Ed Balls (Morley & Outwood)
Gordon Banks (Ochil & Perthshire South)
Kevin Barron (Rother Valley)
Hugh Bayley (York Central)
Dame Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
Clive Betts (Sheffield South East)
Roberta Blackman-Woods (Durham City of)
Hazel Blears (Salford & Eccles)
Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East)
Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)
David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough)
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West)
Lyn Brown (West Ham)
Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East)
Russell Brown (Dumfries & Galloway)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Karen Buck (Westminster North)
Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Andy Burnham (Leigh)
Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill)
Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
Martin Caton (Gower)
Sarah Champion (Rotherham)
Jenny Chapman (Darlington)
Katy Clark (Ayrshire North & Arran)
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
Ann Coffey (Stockport)
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow & Falkirk East)
Yvette Cooper (Normanton
Pontefract & Castleford)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
Mary Creagh (Wakefield)
Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham & Rainham)
John Cryer (Leyton & Wanstead)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Margaret Curran (Glasgow East)
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale)
Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West)
Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
Gloria De Piero (Ashfield)
John Denham (Southampton Itchen)
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras)
Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline & Fife West)
Frank Doran (Aberdeen North)
Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South & Penarth)
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West & Penge)
Gemma Doyle (Dunbartonshire West)
Jack Dromey (Birmingham Erdington)
Michael Dugher (Barnsley East)
Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
Maria Eagle (Garston & Halewood)
Clive Efford (Eltham)
Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central)
Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)
Natascha Engel (Derbyshire North East)
Chris Evans (Islwyn)
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Limehouse)
Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)
Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
Barry Gardiner (Brent North)
Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East)
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland)
Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen & Hamilton West)
Kate Green (Stretford & Urmston)
Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish)
Peter Hain (Neath)
David Hamilton (Midlothian)
Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
David Hanson (Delyn)
Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)
Tom Harris (Glasgow South)
John Healey (Wentworth & Dearne)
Mark Hendrick (Preston)
Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow)
Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch)
Julie Hilling (Bolton West)
Margaret Hodge (Barking)
Sharon Hodgson (Washington & Sunderland West)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
George Howarth (Knowsley)
Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Kilburn)
Sian James (Swansea East)
Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock & Loudoun)
Major Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
Alan Johnson (Hull West & Hessle)
Diana Johnson (Hull North)
Graham Jones (Hyndburn)
Helen Jones (Warrington North)
Kevan Jones (Durham North)
Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
Dame Tessa Jowell (Dulwich & West Norwood)
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)
Barbara Keeley (Worsley & Eccles South)
Elizabeth Kendall (Leicester West)
Sadiq Khan (Tooting)
David Lammy (Tottenham)
Ian Lavery (Wansbeck)
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith)
Christopher Leslie (Nottingham East)
Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
Andy Love (Edmonton)
Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld
Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East)
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden)
Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough)
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
Anne McGuire (Stirling)
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)
Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough)
Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham Ladywood)
Seema Malhotra (Feltham & Heston)
John Mann (Bassetlaw)
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
Alan Meale (Mansfield)
David Miliband (South Shields)
Ed Miliband (Doncaster North)
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston)
Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Jessica Morden (Newport East)
Graeme Morrice (Livingston)
Grahame Morris (Easington)
Meg Munn (Sheffield Heeley)
Jim Murphy (Renfrewshire East)
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
Pamela Nash (Airdrie & Shotts)
Fiona O’Donnell (East Lothian)
Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Sandra Osborne (Ayr
Carrick & Cumnock)
Albert Owen (Ynys Mon)
Teresa Pearce (Erith & Thamesmead)
Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)
Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
Nick Raynsford (Greenwich & Woolwich)
Jamie Reed (Copeland)
Steve Reed (Croydon North)
Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)
Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)
Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge & Hyde)
Linda Riordan (Halifax)
John Robertson (Glasgow North West)
Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
Steve Rotheram (Liverpool Walton)
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes)
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd)
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
Anas Sarwar (Glasgow Central)
Andy Sawford (Corby)
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Moor View)
Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith)
Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent)
Owen Smith (Pontypridd)
John Spellar (Warley)
Jack Straw (Blackburn)
Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton)
Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston)
Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside)
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury)
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
Karl Turner (Hull East)
Stephen Twigg (Liverpool West Derby)
Chuka Umunna (Streatham)
Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
Valerie Vaz (Walsall South)
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North)
Tom Watson (West Bromwich East)
Dave Watts (St Helens North)
Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test)
Chris Williamson (Derby North)
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)
David Winnick (Walsall North)
Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central)
John Woodcock (Barrow & Furness)
David Wright (Telford)
Iain Wright (Hartlepool)

Voted against – 22

Joe Benton (Bootle)
Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Tom Clarke (Coatbridge Chryston & Bellshill)
Rosie Cooper (Lancashire West)
David Crausby (Bolton North East)
Tony Cunningham (Workington)
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton)
Brian Donohoe (Ayrshire Central)
Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mary Glindon (Tyneside North)
Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East)
Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Michael McCann (East Kilbride Strathaven & Lesmahagow)
Jim McGovern (Dundee West)
Iain McKenzie (Inverclyde)
George Mudie (Leeds East)
Paul Murphy (Torfaen)
Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw)
Jim Sheridan (Paisley & Renfrewshire North)
Derek Twigg (Halton)
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)

Did not vote (or abstained) – 16

Dame Anne Begg (Aberdeen South)
Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath)
Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)
Pat Glass (Durham North West)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Hall Green)
David Heyes (Ashton Under Lyne)
Jim Hood (Lanark & Hamilton East)
Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham Perry Barr)
Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton)
Ian Mearns (Gateshead)
Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)
Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall)
Gavin Shuker (Luton South)
Stephen Timms (East Ham)
Shaun Woodward (St Helens South & Whiston)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    Very notable that the MPs voting against are nearly all older and in many cases approaching retirement and unlikely to be in the next Parliament

    • rekrab

      Hi Mike, did Chris Bryant vote correctly?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

        Of course!

        • rekrab

          Hmmm! so the unbridled Priest who took the sack of gold and then stripped down to his under wear while declaring his opposition to theology has all the answers? seems a tad thin!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

            He used to be a vicar – I actually met him a few times when I was a student as he was a curate and a Party member in my High Wycombe birthplace. But he left the priesthood to work for the BBC and to seek a career in politics. He is still a Christian as far as I know….but this Bill is primarily about civil marriage in any case.

          • rekrab

            But didn’t he as a member of parliament and cabinet say that civil partnership was the be all and end all and no further actions were required? He seems to be a part Christian with a limited belief, I suppose that’s his right but his stability of mind change does raise the eyebrows.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

            I can’t comment on his theology. I think the debate has moved on and there is a realisation that there is no good reason not to have equal marriage. The vote suggests that is clearly the majority view. I think that in a few years time we will look back at this debate and wonder what all the fuss was about

          • rekrab

            I’m aware your taking your perspective for the equality of marriage outside of churches but the theme seems to suggest that those same-sex partners, who wish to marry in a church and are denied that right will take their case to the human court of rights and thus forcing the question of religious beliefs to be changed which in turn becomes a demand rather than a democratic move.

            What if the majority of the public disagree with the views and the vote of their MP on this matter??

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

            But they will be able to marry in a church if that church decides they want to do it. Clearly the ECHR can always be consulted but so far caselaw suggests this will be regarded as a matter for the individual state and internal workings of churches are not within their competence.
            There isn’t a human right for being married in a church….

          • rekrab

            “In Austria in 2004 two gay men – Schalk

            and Kopf – applied to the European Court

            of Human Rights (ECrtHR) on the basis

            that Austria’s failure to legally recognise

            same-sex marriages constituted a violation

            of their Human Rights.” Although the court ruled against the couple, the ECHR did say that if enough states legislated for same sex marriage, then they would support that amendment as law.

            A commission carried out in Scotland into same sex marriage found that churches would need to adopt a new practice, especially when it comes to transgender marriages.

            Without a shadow of doubt for churches to comply they’ll need to change and that is a big ask.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

            But the judgments aren’t about church but the availability of marriage. It will be available.

          • rekrab

            To whom do you direct your judgement? another tier of religion named as the pink church?

  • Brumanuensis

    Surprised to see Gordon down on the ‘abstain’ list, given he’d indicated his support for gay marriage elsewhere. Ditto Yasmin Qureshi.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Parma/578831001 Andrea Parma

      Brown was in Texas to give a lecture at a university

      • Brumanuensis

        Fair enough.

      • http://twitter.com/garypepworth Gary Pepworth

        And there was me thinking his main job was an MP. Yet another vote on gay equality where he has happened to be absent – an awful lot of coincidences!

  • NT86

    Looking at Twitter responses, it seems that some users are quite surprised that Kate Hoey voted in favour of it. I know that she’s not the most popular MP in Labour circles (she’s the least tribal politician around and has rebelled on many occasions). Anyone fill me in as to why this is seen as surprising?

    • http://twitter.com/ElliotBidgood Elliot Bidgood

      Basically she’s seen as relatively socially conservative by Labour standards on certain issues (Europe as you mentioned, fox-hunting and she’s been mixed on gay rights), and was therefore (evidently unfairly) judged as being a likely Labour no vote on this. By a similar measure, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Frank Field voted for, as he tends to be one those as well (for which I of course apologise to him for pre-judging him). In 2010, Andy Burnham was the first Labour leadership contender to come out in favour of marriage equality, which again surprised people given his northern Catholicism and previously mixed record on gay rights. However, in partial defence of the blind assumption, many of the other Labour MPs with a more socially conservative profile (particularly in Scotland and northern England) indeed did vote against or abstain; Dobbin, Benton, Goggins, Godsiff etc

  • jim J

    I’m particularly disappointed with Gavin Shuker. I guess it just goes to show how poisonous religion is, how it infects the mind of a young, intelligent person.

    • AlanGiles

      I have no personal axe to grind, but in all sincereity, I think the names of all those Labour MPs who voted against this bill should be remembered and banned from ever using the words “one nation” in any of their speeches, or written material, because, by their actions, they have proved that they don’t believe in it. They clearly do not believe in equality.

      I have said several times that we never have had and never will have “one nation”, and in my view, if these MPs don’t believe in equality, then it is clear that they CAN’T believe the expression.

      It is not that I wouldn’t like to see “one nation”, but let’s be frank about it, that will never be the case in this country (indeed, in most countries) and it is ridiculous to keep promising something you cannot deliver.

      • rekrab

        Indeed Alan, it’s a spectacular backfire.At this afternoons PMQ’s Dianne Abbott took up a sentry position on the benches close to a labour MP who opposed the bill, Dianne even got to pop her question about the so-called equality vote but if memory serves me correctly didn’t Dianne oppose equality of education for her son by placing him in a private paying school.

        • jaime taurosangastre candelas

          Derek,

          I recall as a child a cruel experiment. We used to catch some hunting spiders and some cock-roaches, and place them on a tin lid. They would fight, the spiders trying to catch and kill, and the cock-roaches being defensive and with thick carapaces. Then if you put some flame under one part of the tin lid, they would stop fighting and all run off to the cold side and ignore each other together in close proximity. It is mutual self-interest. Then when the flame was off and the tin lid was cold, they would get back to fighting.

          This is the same with MPs.

          • rekrab

            Cruel! but very true. I suspect the notion of equality will be burnt out by the excessive heat applied over the next few years, it will all end in tears of icicles.

  • http://twitter.com/chriswcheeetham Chris Cheetham

    I’m disappointed in my MP, Rosie Cooper – not surprised just disappointed. But I am annoyed that although I asked before the vote how she was going to vote I’ve still not had an answer!

  • http://twitter.com/peterdawson58 Peter Dawson

    Disappointed to see that my MP Derek Twigg (Halton) voted against the bill and didn’t have the decency to reply to my email. Perhaps he will be more forthcoming at his next surgery.

  • http://twitter.com/celticchickadee celticchickadee

    why so many Scottish Labour MPs voting against or abstaining?

  • http://twitter.com/ElliotBidgood Elliot Bidgood

    Wishfully thinking, maybe they’re trying not to interfere from a West Lothian perspective, given that legislating marriage equality is a matter devolved to Holyrood anyway (and one on which the SNP administration has pledged to move). However, more likely, there has always been a Christian social conservative streak among some Scottish Labour MPs as far as I understand, similar to the one seen among some of the Catholic northern England MPs. George Galloway has opposed legal abortion throughout his political career, for example, despite being as left-wing as you can get on nearly everything else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    That was the one I was really surprised about. She has had such a good voting record up to now

    • http://twitter.com/ElliotBidgood Elliot Bidgood

      She was also a Lib Dem up until 2004, so not particularly typical of kind of Labour MP who might oppose equal marriage.

  • Daniel Speight

    We should be at least a little careful on how MPs voted in this case. If we think a free vote is a good thing, and I certainly do, and would like to see more of them, then we should be cautious on denigrating those who do vote their conscience.

    Of course I would also like to see an automatic candidate selection process for every parliament where if the CLP found it impossible to live with the MPs actions they could select another.

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