But In a vote on Wednesday, the House of Lords backed the compromise by 287 votes to 60. MPs later approved it in the Commons by a margin of 301 to 84.
|Lab||276 (+2 tell)||6||1||80.7%|
|LDem||0||58 (+2 tell)||0||95.2%|
David Taylor, Labour, voted in both lobbies. This is used as a mechanism for active abstention.
Why were the Tories whipped for a 'yes' vote? This seems at odds with David Davies' statement that the Tories would repeal the legislation.
The rebels were:
|Grant Shapps||Welwyn Hatfield||Con||no|
|Diane Abbott||Hackney North & Stoke Newington||Lab||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab||no|
|Lynne Jones||Birmingham, Selly Oak||Lab||no|
|John McDonnell||Hayes & Harlington||Lab||no|
|Robert Wareing||Liverpool, West Derby||Lab||no|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab||both|
Like many other Tories, my MP was absent.
It looks to me like they didn't want to be seen to vote for it (in case it became unpopular), but that they didn't want to take the short term hit of opposing it for fear of being seen as 'soft on terror' (not that the ID cards have anything to do with that!)
David Davies, who said that "Nobody who does not want an ID card need have one before the next election - and that in itself is worth having," he said before promising a Conservative government would repeal the legislation" voted yes. He would probably argue that by voting for this measure it introduces a delay which gives a chance of repeal.... sounds reasonable, until you remember that the database is not delayed.
It should be noted that the bulk of the opposition last night came from the Liberal Democrat benches, with Paul Keetch (Hereford), Mark Oaten (Winchester) and Matthew Taylor (Truro and St. Austell) absent.