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MPs who voted against gay marriage: full list

5 February 2013

The Press Association’s analysis of tonight’s vote on the second reading of the same-sex marriage bill found 139 Conservative MPs voted against, along with two tellers. This was a free vote. I’ve highlighted some names of particular interest in bold:

Nigel Adams (Selby & Ainsty), Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Peter Aldous (Waveney), David Amess (Southend West), James Arbuthnot (Hampshire North East), Richard Bacon (Norfolk South), Steven Baker (Wycombe), Tony Baldry (Banbury), Guto Bebb (Aberconwy), Henry Bellingham (Norfolk North West), Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley), Andrew Bingham (High Peak), Bob Blackman (Harrow East), Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West), Angie Bray (Ealing Central & Acton), Julian Brazier (Canterbury), Andrew Bridgen (Leicestershire North West), Steve Brine (Winchester), Fiona Bruce (Congleton), Robert Buckland (Swindon South), Simon Burns (Chelmsford), David Burrowes (Enfield Southgate), Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan), Douglas Carswell (Clacton), Bill Cash (Stone), Rehman Chishti (Gillingham & Rainham), Christopher Chope (Christchurch), Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswolds, The), Geoffrey Cox (Devon West & Torridge), Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire), David Davies (Monmouth), Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire), Philip Davies (Shipley), David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden), Nick de Bois (Enfield North), Caroline Dinenage (Gosport), Richard Drax (Dorset South), Charlie Elphicke (Dover), Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North), David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford), Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks), Dr Liam Fox (Somerset North), Mark Francois (Rayleigh & Wickford), George Freeman (Norfolk Mid), Roger Gale (Thanet North), Sir Edward Garnier (Harborough), Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest), Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham), John Glen (Salisbury), Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby), James Gray (Wiltshire North), Andrew Griffiths (Burton), Robert Halfon (Harlow), Simon Hart (Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South), Sir Alan Haselhurst (Saffron Walden), John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings), Oliver Heald (Hertfordshire North East), Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Adam Holloway (Gravesham), Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot), Stewart Jackson (Peterborough), Gareth Johnson (Dartford), David Jones (Clwyd West), Marcus Jones (Nuneaton), Greg Knight (Yorkshire East), Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne), Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North), Pauline Latham (Derbyshire Mid), Andrea Leadsom (Northamptonshire South), Phillip Lee (Bracknell), Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford), Edward Leigh (Gainsborough), Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West), Julian Lewis (New Forest East), David Lidington (Aylesbury), Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden), Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke), Jonathan Lord (Woking), Tim Loughton (Worthing East & Shoreham), Karen Lumley (Redditch), Karl McCartney (Lincoln), Anne McIntosh (Thirsk & Malton), Stephen McPartland (Stevenage), Esther McVey (Wirral West), Anne Main (St Albans), Paul Maynard (Blackpool North & Cleveleys), Stephen Metcalfe (Basildon South & Thurrock East), Nicky Morgan (Loughborough), Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), David Morris (Morecambe & Lunesdale), James Morris (Halesowen & Rowley Regis), Bob Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst), Caroline Nokes (Romsey & Southampton North), David Nuttall (Bury North), Stephen O’Brien (Eddisbury), Matthew Offord (Hendon), Jim Paice (Cambridgeshire South East), Neil Parish (Tiverton & Honiton), Priti Patel (Witham), Owen Paterson (Shropshire North), Mark Pawsey (Rugby), Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead), Mark Pritchard (Wrekin, The), John Randall (Uxbridge & Ruislip South), John Redwood (Wokingham), Jacob Rees-Mogg (Somerset North East), Simon Reevell (Dewsbury), Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington), Andrew Robathan (Leicestershire South), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury), Andrew Rosindell (Romford), David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds), David Rutley (Macclesfield), Andrew Selous (Bedfordshire South West), Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet & Rothwell), Sir Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills), Henry Smith (Crawley), Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling), John Stevenson (Carlisle), Bob Stewart (Beckenham), Mel Stride (Devon Central), Julian Sturdy (York Outer), Robert Syms (Poole), Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle), David Tredinnick (Bosworth), Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight), Shailesh Vara (Cambridgeshire North West), Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes), Ben Wallace (Wyre & Preston North), Robert Walter (Dorset North), James Wharton (Stockton South), Heather Wheeler (Derbyshire South), Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley), John Whittingdale (Maldon), Bill Wiggin (Herefordshire North), Gavin Williamson (Staffordshire South), Rob Wilson (Reading East), Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth & Southam).

Tellers: Peter Bone (Wellingborough) and Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal).

Five of those on the list above went through both lobbies, which is one way of registering an abstention: Angie Bray, Andrea Leadsom, Phillip Lee, Charlotte Leslie, Rob Wilson.

UPDATE: Here are the Labour MPs:

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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: 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).

And here are the Lib Dem MPs:

Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Gordon Birtwistle (Burnley), John Pugh (Southport), Sarah Teather (Brent Central).

Did not vote: Norman Baker (Lewes), Martin Horwood (Cheltenham), Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Lochaber), Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West), John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross), David Ward (Bradford East), Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central).


Gregory Campbell (Londonderry East), Nigel Dodds (Belfast North), Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley), Rev William McCrea (Antrim South), Ian Paisley Junior (Antrim North), Jim Shannon (Strangford), David Simpson (Upper Bann), Sammy Wilson (Antrim East).


Nadine Dorries (Bedfordshire Mid) and Lady Sylvia Hermon (Down North).

You can read the full division lists on Hansard here.

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  • Tony Conrad

    Thank you for that list Elizabeth. I thank God for those on the list.


    Soon you will be able to marry your pets. What is this country coming to???


    Excellent faggots shouldnt be allowed to marry.

    • Roisin

      What about the not-so-excellent ones?

  • Bernie Laverick
  • la catholic state

    God Bless each and every one!

  • Philip Dilley

    What is the purpose of your list? Had it been headed “How Members divided” or something then it might not seem ,as it does, rather Stalinist in style and apparent intent.

  • Charles Hedges

    They should have been voting against ATOS, TRIAGE A4e. Instead they waste their votes on this trivia, to be cheered on by the readers of the Spectator.

  • Samuel Hutchinson

    All those who are against gay marriage/relationships etc for religious reasons, i would be interested to know if you eat bacon/pork…

    • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

      Why? Oh yeah that’s right. You only read one book of the bible. And then think that you know everything about it. Fuck off!

  • Daniel Maris

    We are probably all familiar with the notion of the self-hating Jew. But it seems we now have to take on board the idea of a self-hating Conservative – which is clearly what Cameron is if he can’t stand up for a traditional view of marriage.

    • Roisin

      He’d have to be a conservative to be a self-hating one.

  • FrankS

    That picture – the hello sailor outfits – makes a change from the gay wedding cake decoration generally used in articles on marriage perversion.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Even I am surprised by some of the names on there (e.g. Charlie Elphicke). Clearly all Cameron had left supporting him was the doormat vote.

  • Boudicca_Icenii

    That’s the only thing Sir Paul Beresford’s done right in the past 10 years.

  • Adrian Drummond


  • Anthony William Mitchell

    Clearly the majority won, while you can dislike Gay marriage it is clear that the majority wanted it and I for one am happy. Only time will tell if this list becomes a list of shame like the MP’s who voted against other landmark issues. Such as giving women the vote, interacial marriage and the aboloition of slaverly had arguments such as; It is against God’s will, it goes against the natural order, it will damage society et al. These arguments seem to appear very often during these issues and yet over time they were seen to be wrong and out of place, and in 20-30 years it may well be said of gay marriage.

    • Harold Angryperson

      Interracial marriage has always been legal in Britain.

    • SPW

      It was a Christian who led the abolition of slavery.

    • Daniel Maris

      When was inter-racial marriage illegal in this country? Do tell. Most of the slavery abolitionists were God-fearing folk, so don’t try and distort the record.

      One of the arguments made against legalisation of homosexuality which was ridiculed at the time by pro-abolitionists was that it would result eventually in homosexual marriage. Well here we are, so it was the pro-abolitionists who were wrong on that.

      • Anthony William Mitchell

        I was referring to the laws within the now former British Colonial and Commonwealth Commonwealth countries.

  • David Lindsay

    I am giving up on this site and its bizarre moderation policies.

    • Adrian Drummond

      I suggest you THINK and all become clear.

  • Bob339

    No member of any party, however they cast their vote, has any reason to crow about this day’s events. This was a sad day for humanity.

    • David Lindsay

      It was a good debate. A good day for Parliament. They can still do it, when they have a mind to.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Yes, a “good day” for you “social conservative” Millipedes.

        Long live gay marriage, eh?

        • David Lindsay

          No, because based on these figures and these lists it will never reach Third Reading.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            What’s that prediction worth, made by somebody who thinks he and the Millipedes are “social conservative”?


        It was a Mass debate, and all came out

  • Framer

    What about the Ulster MPs? They are usually in favour of such progressive policies on paper and then fail to vote for them (DUP excluded who won’t all show up).

    • David Lindsay

      Plenty of the DUP spoke in the debate. I reckon most or all will have been there to vote against.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …their votes canceled out by your Millipede buddies.

      • Framer

        True it was a 100% DUP turnout. So rare but the Doc still has an influence. Lady Hermon voted against to ensure she was voted back in by the bigots of North Down while the SDLP as normal voted against gay law reform despite their rigorous policies in favour. At least the Alliance MP voted in favour where her party in Belfast was split 50:50 against their own policy.

        • David Lindsay

          Lady Hermon’s predecessor-but-one was going to be outed by Peter Tatchell, but he died the day before. When that got out, the reaction from everyone in Northern Ireland was that everyone had always known this, and that Tatchell had a ridiculous idea of what life there was like.

  • NiceTeaParty

    A result that will go down not so terribly well in Lambeth Palace.

    But a vote that gives the excuse for the formal launch of a new Campaign and a new Competition.

    The ‘Equal Civil Partnership Campaign’ to end the discriminatory bigotry of not allowing heterosexuals to form Civil Partnerships

    Second a competition to invent a new word for Heterosexual Marriage now it will be impossible to tell whether a married man or woman is gay, straight or just pretending.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      I want to marry my dog. I’m sure my wife would approve of such a plural marriage. She loves that dog even more than I do, and the dog loves us. Why should the three of us be deprived of this expression of our love?

      • Muggins Cephalophore

        I can well believe it, but what is the relevance?

        • the viceroy’s gin

          Who needs relevance?

          We’re just one big multi-culti mass of moral equivalency, so what’s relevance got to do with anything?

          The important thing is, well, I don’t know if there’s anything important anymore.

          • Muggins Cephalophore

            There are plenty of things that are important. Meanwhile, your dog is waiting for you.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              My spinster dog, thanks to heartless bigots like you.

      • SPW
      • Smithersjones2013

        Yeah but what has your dog got to say about it. No forced marriages here dontcha know!

        Have you asked the dog and given it a ring yet?

        • the viceroy’s gin

          Yes, but how do you KNOW my dog can’t consent?

          Wait. I have an idea. There is a need for the EU to establish an ECAR to work with the ECHR and settle this once and for all.

          Oh, so you species-ists don’t think we should have a European Court of Animal Rights, is it?!? Bigots, the lot of you.

          The bigots have had it all their way long enough. It’s time for canine plural marriage.



        • Victor168

          I’ve asked my dog and he says, “Woof woof.”
          You’re all welcome to the reception after.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Can my wife and I bring our fiance? She doesn’t eat much, but she’s hard on squirrels if there are any about.

  • Jarod Weaver

    What does going through both lobbies mean?

    • CraigStrachan

      Maybe they’re for bisexual marriage?

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Better watch out. If “bisexual marriage” sounds out well in the focus groups, Call Me Dave will have it hustled into policy toot sweety.

        • Russell

          And what about being able to marry your siblings? I mean it cannot be equality denying a brother and sister the right to marry or a father and daughter or Mother and son!!!!! This pc equality madhouse country really has gone down the plughole.

    • Nik Darlington

      It’s a form of abstention. It permits you to abstain but still show that you took the time to turn up and vote.

    • wobble

      that would be the trannie vote …cover all bases

  • DanielDowson

    It is good that so many people voted against the bill but very disappointing that it has passed the second reading. I have written an article about it which can be read here:

  • David Lindsay

    I do hope that no one is taken in. A third of those are anarcho-capitalists, doing it for show. Like UKIP.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Yes, they’re not pure “social conservatives”, like you and your Millipedal brethren. 😉

      • David Lindsay


        Their, and your, economic views are are simply incompatible with social conservatism. Whereas Ed Miliband’s are not. His might not lead inexorably to it; that is debatable, and it depends on people following things to their logical conclusions. But there is a potential compatibility.

        Whereas there is simply none between neoliberal economics (the clue is in the name) or anarcho-capitalism (likewise) and any sort of conservative social position. Just look at Britain in the 1980s if you doubt that. Or at Britain under the Orange Book Coalition.

        More than twice as many Labour votes against than had been predicted. Any list of Lib Dems? And any list of the 75 abstentions yet? That will make for some very interesting reading.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          As of the second paragraph, you went back on ignore, lad.

          Calling the Millipedes “social conservative” will do that.

          Check the votes. They seem to conflict with your fantasies about Millipedal conservatism.

          • David Lindsay

            You are just thick. And addressing me like my houseboy because you cannot get your head around the fact that no longer have one only proves that. You’d fit right into the Conservative Party in England after 2015, and in Scotland, Wales or within its old UUP satellite now: genuinely incredulous at no longer being automatically and unquestionably in charge. How you will react when the GOP loses the House next year, I really do shudder to think.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              Go lie down.

              And I’m still not going to read that garbage until you get it down to a sentence or 2. That’s what happens whenever you get stupid like you do.

              I’m still chuckling over the “social conservative” Millipedes and you. 😉

              • David Lindsay

                Then you are on the wrong site. This is The Spectator. We are an educated lot. You have to be very well-read to write like Rod Liddle. Seriously.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Go lie down.

                • David Lindsay

                  And that way of phrasing it proves my point.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  9 words.

                  Well done, for length at least. I might read you that far through, if you’re lucky.

                  Now then, your “point” is that your Millipedal buddies are “social conservative”. That’s fantastical.

                  Now go lie down.

            • CraigStrachan

              You’ve got a houseboy? You old dog…

              • David Lindsay

                Careful. He said that he wanted to marry his dog.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    It would be common protocol to publish the list of the minority voters, young lass.

    You know, the members holding the minority position.

    It is striking how you Speccie bubble denizens flock to the bubble denizen take on things, mind you.

  • spudbynight

    The roll of honour

  • CraigStrachan

    The roll of shame.

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