So, who believes freedom of information rules shouldn’t apply to MPs

The list of MPs given by the BBC yesterday (and linked to in my previous post) is a little misleading as it only records those who voted for the bill at third reading.  However, to trigger that vote there was a closure motion (the third of the day – which is extremely unusual and suggests the complicity of the chair or Speaker’s office generally in this great day for openness in democracy).  It is those that voted in the closure motion, and then skulked off so their names didn’t appear in the main list of supporters of the bill that should be particularly ashamed.

The guilty are 

Ainsworth, rh Mr. Bob
Allen, Mr. Graham
Anderson, Janet
Atkinson, Mr. Peter (didn’t vote at all at third reading)
Bailey, Mr. Adrian
Balls, Ed (didn’t vote at third reading.  who he?  Gordon’s bagman and deputy)
Bell, Sir Stuart
Betts, Mr. Clive
Blackman, Liz
Brown, rh Mr. Nicholas (who he?  COuld he be Gordon’s close friend and ally and former chief whip?)
Burgon, Colin
Burns, Mr. Simon
Butterfill, Sir John 
Cairns, David
Campbell, Mr. Alan
Campbell, Mr. Ronnie
Cawsey, Mr. Ian (didn’t vote at third reading)
Chope, Mr. Christopher (didn’t vote at third reading)
Clark, Paul (didn’t vote at third reading)
Clelland, Mr. David
Coaker, Mr. Vernon (didn’t vote at third reading)
Cohen, Harry
David, Mr. Wayne
Dhanda, Mr. Parmjit
Djanogly, Mr. Jonathan (didn’t vote at third reading)
Donohoe, Mr. Brian H.
Doran, Mr. Frank
Dowd, Jim
Duddridge, James 
Eagle, Angela
Eagle, Maria
Efford, Clive
Ellwood, Mr. Tobias (didn’t vote at third reading)
Fitzpatrick, Jim (the minister who promoted the abolition of parliament bill)
Flint, Caroline
Foster, Mr. Michael (Worcester)
Gardiner, Barry (didn’t vote at third reading)
Godsiff, Mr. Roger (didn’t vote at third reading)
Hall, Mr. Mike
Hammond, Stephen (didn’t vote at third reading)
Harris, Mr. Tom
Henderson, Mr. Doug (former Cabinet minister)
Heppell, Mr. John
Hill, rh Keith
Hollobone, Mr. Philip (who voted against at third reading)
Hurd, Mr. Nick (didn’t vote at third reading)
Irranca-Davies, Huw
Jones, Mr. Kevan
Jones, Mr. Martyn
Kemp, Mr. Fraser
Kirkbride, Miss Julie 
Knight, rh Mr. Greg 
Laing, Mrs. Eleanor (didn’t vote at third reading)
Lammy, Mr. David
Laxton, Mr. Bob
Levitt, Tom
Lewis, Mr. Ivan
Lewis, Dr. Julian 
Lloyd, Tony
Maclean, rh David
Mahmood, Mr. Khalid
Maples, Mr. John (who voted against the bill at third reading)
Marshall, Mr. David
McAvoy, rh Mr. Thomas
McCabe, Steve
McCartney, rh Mr. Ian (former Labour chairman)
McFall, rh John
McIsaac, Shona
McNulty, Mr. Tony
Merron, Gillian
Michael, rh Alun (former Cabinet Minister)
Moffatt, Laura
Morley, rh Mr. Elliot
Mudie, Mr. George
Munn, Meg
Murphy, Mr. Denis
Neill, Robert
Norris, Dan (who voted against at third reading)
O’Brien, Mr. Mike (didn’t vote at third reading)
Pelling, Mr. Andrew
Plaskitt, Mr. James
Pound, Stephen (Hazel Blears’ PPS)
Prentice, Bridget (a government minister who didn’t vote at third reading but was bloody vocal at report stage)
Pritchard, Mark
Purchase, Mr. Ken
Randall, Mr. John
Robertson, John
Roy, Mr. Frank
Ruddock, Joan (didn’t vote at third reading)
Ruffley, Mr. David
Ryan, Joan
Salter, Martin
Shaw, Jonathan
Sheerman, Mr. Barry
Sheridan, Jim
Simon, Mr. Siôn (David Cameron impersonator)
Smith, Ms Angela C. (Sheffield, Hillsborough)
Smith, rh Jacqui (didn’t vote at third reading)
Snelgrove, Anne
Spellar, rh Mr. John
Stewart, Ian
Sutcliffe, Mr. Gerry (didn’t vote at third reading)
Tami, Mark
Taylor, Ms Dari
Thomas, Mr. Gareth
Tredinnick, David
Turner, Dr. Desmond
Vara, Mr. Shailesh (didn’t vote at third reading)
Ward, Claire
Watson, Mr. Tom
Watts, Mr. Dave
Wicks, Malcolm
Widdecombe, rh Miss Ann
Winterton, Ann
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Woolas, Mr. Phil
Wright, David
Tellers for the Ayes:
Mr. Tim Boswell and
Mr. Andrew Dismore

3 of these members voted against the bill at third reading (so had it both ways after a debate on the bill where only one person spoke in favour of the bill – David MacLean).

So who voted in favour of the closure motion but failed to vote at third reading, and how closely are they related to Prudence the Presbyterian?  In this list you’ll find two particularly close allies of Prudence the Presbyterian, one of whom cleared off before the muck settled (now, where does young Ed Balls derive that characteristic from?), the other will be looking for a new job in 6 weeks (Nick Brown).

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