How every MP voted on Northern Ireland equal marriage amendment
Find out how your MP voted on an amendment to support equal marriage and legal abortions in Northern Ireland.
The equal rights amendment from Labour backbenchers MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn passed the House of Commons by a vote of 207-117 on Wednesday (October 24), describing Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage and criminalisation of abortion as a human rights violation.
45 Conservative MPs ultimately voted in favour of the amendment against the government line, alongside 148 Labour MPs, eight Liberal Democrats, four Plaid Cymru MPs, one Green MP and one independent Labour MP.
Although the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley spoke against the amendment and urged Conservatives to vote against, whips declared a free vote on the issue for Tory MPs due to the strength of opinion on both sides.
Unusually, three Cabinet ministers—Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt—backed the motion.
Labour’s big-hitters Jeremy Corbyn, Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott also voted in favour.
102 Conservative MPs, nine Democratic Unionist Party MPs and four Labour MPs rejected the amendment.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith and rumoured Tory leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg were among the big names to vote against the amendment.
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