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43 MPs absent during vote on ID cards bill

Posted by James Hammerton @ 9:53 pm on 19 October, 2005.
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The Europhobia blog notes that 43 MPs were absent during yesterdays vote on the identity cards bill. The majority was only 25, thus these MPs could potentially have swung the vote.

The Tory absentees are listed as:

David Davies (Monmouthshire), Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford), Roger Gale (North Thanet), Michael Gove (Surrey Heath), Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham), Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham), Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden), Michael Mates (East Hampshire), Richard Ottaway (Croydon South), Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex), Anthony Steen (Totnes), Gary Streeter (South West Devon), Ian Taylor (Esher & Walton), Edward Vaizey (Wantage), Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald), George Young (North West Hampshire).

Note that David Davies Tory MP for Monmouthshire is not to be confused with David Davis Tory MP for Haltemprice and Howden, the Tory leadership contender. The Tory leadership contender is not the one listed here.

An explanation for Peter Lilley’s absence can be found in this article at the England Project weblog.

Two Lib Dem MPs were also absent, John Hemming and John Thurso. John Hemming was in hospital.

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