The hall of shame: The 117 Labour and Tory MPs who voted against Lords reform

Last night, 91 Conservative and 26 Labour MPs voted against the second reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill; here is the list in full.

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The Labour 2010 manifesto is clear:

House-of-Lords-Portcullis“We need fundamental reform of our politics to make it more accountable.

“We will let the people decide how to reform our institutions and our politics: changing the voting system and electing a second chamber to replace the House of Lords.”

As is the Tory general election manifesto:

“We will work to build a consensus for a mainly-elected second chamber to replace the current House of Lords, recognising that an efficient and effective second chamber should play an important role in our democracy and requires both legitimacy and public confidence.”

Yet, last night, 91 Conservative and 26 Labour MPs voted against the manifestos on which they were elected, voting against the second reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill (pdf).


See also:

A coalition (still) at war over Lords reform 27 Jun 2012

Tory tantrums: Backbenchers on the warpath over Hunt and Lords reform 18 Jun 2012

Labour must get back to its principles on Lords reform 23 Apr 2012


Here is the hall of shame in full:

• Conservatives:

Adam Afriyie (Windsor)

David Amess (Southend West)

Steven Baker (Wycombe)

John Baron (Basildon and Billericay)

Guto Bebb (Aberconwy)

Andrew Bingham (High Peak)

Brian Binley (Northampton South)

Bob Blackman (Harrow East)

Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West and Abingdon)

Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton)

Julian Brazier (Canterbury)

Andrew Bridgen (Leicestershire North West)

Steve Brine (Winchester)

Conor Burns (Bournemouth West)

Dan Byles (Warwickshire North)

Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan)

Bill Cash (Stone)

Christopher Chope (Christchurch)

James Clappison (Hertsmere)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswolds)

Geoffrey Cox (Devon West and Torridge)

Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford)

Philip Davies (Shipley)

David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden)

Nick de Bois (Enfield North)

Caroline Dinenage (Gosport)

Nadine Dorries (Bedfordshire Mid)

Richard Drax (Dorset South)

George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth)

Mike Freer (Finchley & Golders Green)

Richard Fuller (Bedford)

Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park)

James Gray (Wiltshire North)

Andrew Griffiths (Burton)

Richard Harrington (Watford)

Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South)

Sir Alan Haselhurst (Saffron Walden)

Philip Hollobone (Kettering)

Adam Holloway (Gravesham)

Stewart Jackson (Peterborough)

Bernard Jenkin (Harwich & Essex North)

Gareth Johnson (Dartford)

Chris Kelly (Dudley South)

Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest)

Phillip Lee (Bracknell)

Edward Leigh (Gainsborough)

Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)

Julian Lewis (New Forest East)

Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and Somerset West)

Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden)

Jonathan Lord (Woking)

Karen Lumley (Redditch)

Jason McCartney (Colne Valley)

Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Anne McIntosh (Thirsk & Malton)

Anne Main (St Albans)

Louise Mensch (Corby)

Patrick Mercer (Newark)

Penny Mordaunt (Portsmouth North)

James Morris (Halesowen & Rowley Regis),

Jesse Norman (Hereford & Herefordshire South)

David Nuttall (Bury North)

Matthew Offord (Hendon)

Mark Pawsey (Rugby)

Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole)

Chris Pincher (Tamworth)

John Redwood (Wokingham)

Jacob Rees-Mogg (Somerset North East)

Simon Reevell (Dewsbury)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington)

Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)

Andrew Rosindell (Romford)

David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds)

Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills)

Nicholas Soames (Sussex Mid)

Bob Stewart (Beckenham)

Rory Stewart (Penrith & The Border)

Gary Streeter (Devon South West)

Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness)

Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle)

David Tredinnick (Bosworth)

Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)

Charles Walker (Broxbourne)

Robin Walker (Worcester)

Robert Walter (Dorset North)

Chris White (Warwick & Leamington)

Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley)

John Whittingdale (Maldon)

Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon)

• Labour

Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)

Kevin Barron (Rother Valley)

Margaret Beckett (Derby South)

Sir Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough)

David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough)

Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)

Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)

Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)

Jim Dowd (Lewisham West and Penge)

Frank Field (Birkenhead)

Mike Gapes (Ilford South)

Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)

Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow)

Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)

Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)

George Howarth (Knowsley)

Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)

Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston)

Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)

Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)

Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw)

Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)

Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton)

Derek Twigg (Halton)


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  • Anonymous

    Good on you Dennis Skinner,my old mate !

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  • Lord Blagger

    Even the reforms are bollocks.

    Not a single option allows me to vote on an issue.

    Until I have a direct say, I am not responsible for the mess.

    So don’t expect me and others to pay for the mess we haven’t created – 7,000 bn of debts.

  • Julian

    Labour does not seem to be, as its manifesto promised, letting “the people decide how to reform our institutions and our politics”. It is proposing that the politicians decide how to reform the Lords and then asking the people in a referendum whether they like it. That’s better than nothing but it isn’t the same thing at all. Will the people be allowed to decide, for example, that they don’t or do want bishops in the Lords? Of course not.

    The Tory manifesto said they would work to build a consensus. No one could say that a consensus exists yet, as the vote yesterday showed. The manifesto also emphasised the importance of the second chamber being efficient, effective and requiring public confidence. Many of the complaints about the proposals are that they will not lead to an effective second chamber. Also, who can say that the public has any appetite for, or confidence in an expensive reform at this time?

  • Robin Thorpe

    Just because the Bill is called House of Lords Reform doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the right bill; maybe all of these people believe that a reform is necessary but don’t agree with these proposals. I support the principle of House of Lords Reform but I don’t think that this Bill is the right reform. I don’t agree that new “senators” should be elected on a 15 year term, I don’t agree that they don’t need a written constitution to notify the rights and responsibilites of the second chamber, I don’t agree that the reforms should wait until 2025 to be implemented and I don’t agree that this should be done in parliament without a public referendum.

  • Selohesra

    The list contains mainstream & radicals from both parties so can’t just be rejected as either party politics or the usual suspects. With such diverse opposition perhaps all three party leaders should have a re-think

  • Julian

    Even Labour Uncut thinks the proposals are flawed.

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  • Amrmmackenzie

    Not hall of shame at all! If you had listened to their speeches, you would understand that these are polticians who actually have genuine beliefs and principles.

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  • Dafydd Young

    About time that Dennis Skinner was outed as a supporter of the House of Lords!


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  • Bernard Crofton

    I think you are simply wrong/untrue about the Labour manifesto: it says that the people will decide ( a referendum) on electing a second chamber to replace the Lords. If it commits Labour MP’s to anything, it is opposing proposals drawn up in a cabal being whipped through parliament (double meaning intended) with little debate and no alternatives put to the people.

  • Roger McCarthy

    You’re telling us to be ashamed of Dennis Skinner?

    If Dennis voted against I am sure he had principled reasons for doing so.

    It really is only the Guardian-reading middle class who obsess so about constitutional reform (and Europe) – with the likes of Polly Toynbee taking this to the degree of telling us to vote for the Lib Dems at the last election (see the attached image for a true roll of dishonour and note that some of these signatories are still taken seriously as ‘left-wing’ figures).

    And the idea that a commitment to do x in general terms in a manifesto seriously commits an opposition party to support completely and without reservation ANY legislation that pretends to also address x by the government is a patently absurd one.

  • Anonymous

    They have a vote for the government. Trying to say you’re not going to pay tax – as you don’t – because this isn’t a direct democracy is rubbish. It’s an excuse for your tax evasion.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, like a vote of confidence, given a manifesto policy has failed.

  • Anonymous

    Every one of these names is a hero and have prevented further destruction of this once great nation.

    Sadly, only for a little while.

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  • Honukokua

    On 19 March 1649, the House of Lords was abolished by an Act of Parliament, which declared that “The Commons of England [find] by too long experience that the House of Lords is useless and dangerous to the people of England.” It was restored later along with the monarchy. It reamins an anachronism and, like Polly Toynbee on the TV news this morning, I’d argue that no Labour supporter can surely stomach its continuation in any form. Abolish it, don’t try and reform it.

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