Sixteen Again – update

A very respectable showing in favour of votes at 16, with 196 MPs voting in favour of it, but the Tories and Lib Dems all dutifully traipsed through the Noe lobby, so it was defeated. Peter Bottomley voted for it, but I think he was the only Tory and I didn’t see any Lib Dems in the division lobby with us either. Another manifesto commitment bites the dust. (To be fair, some Labour MPs voted against too – including Hazel Blears, who I would have thought would have been in favour).

The Tory MP Bernard Jenkin came rushing into the Aye lobby with a minute or so to spare, and asked me if it was Graham Brady’s amendment…. I could have muttered something along the lines of ‘I think so’ but I told him it was votes at 16 and he did a very sharp about turn. Graham Brady’s amendment, which was about not letting Commonwealth citizens vote in UK elections, came next and was defeated by 25 votes to 500+. Bit of a waste of time pushing it to a vote, and meant we had to cram into the same division lobby as all the Tories and Lib Dems.

The debate in the Chamber has now moved on to discussion of public schools and monasteries.

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  • Quietzapple  On October 19, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Amusing that I doubt many will approve of a starting age for monks of 16.

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