HOW CORNWALL PEERS AND MPs VOTED

7 February 2012

This is a revision of the post How Cornwall peers voted to include the later votes of Cornwall MPs on what I see as five defining amendments to the Welfare Reform bill in the last few weeks.

The peers associated with Cornwall are: Tony Berkeley, Brenda Dean, and Paul Myners (all Labour); Judith Jolly, Matthew Taylor, Robin Teverson, and Paul Tyler (all Libdem). The MPs are George Eustice, Sheryll Murray, and Sarah Newton (all Conservative); Andrew George, Stephen Gilbert, and Dan Rogerson (all Libdem).

The successful Lords amendments were all voted down in the Commons; amendment 58d was lost in the Lords. I have put the votes in parties separated by a semicolon. I have put together the Lords votes for the amendments and the Commons votes to retain them as For/retain and the Lords votes against the amendments and the Commons votes to overturn them together as Against/overturn. The amendment numbers in the Lords were changed for the Commons.

Of the Cornwall representatives, Labour consistently voted for what I see as civilising amendments, The Tories consistently voted against them, and the seven Libdems voted mostly against them but some sometimes for them.

The first three amendments (Lords 36a, 38, and 38a) were to the rules for the length of receipt by groups of the contributory employment and support allowance (ESA). Lords amendments 58d, 59 were listing exemptions from the benefit cap. Lords amendment 1 was to ameliorate the proposed reduction in payment for the lower-rate disabled young people of about £1300 a year.

Amendment Lords 36a, Commons 15 (disabled young)
For/ retain: Berkeley, Myners; Taylor, George
Against/overturn: Jolly, Teverson, Tyler, Gilbert, Rogerson; Eustice, Murray, Newton

Amendment Lords 38, Commons 17 (two year period)
For/retain: Berkeley, Myners; George
Against/overturn: Jolly, Taylor, Teverson, Tyler, Gilbert, Rogerson; Eustice, Murray, Newton

Amendment Lords 38a, Commons 18(cancer patients)
For/retain: Berkeley
Against/overturn: Jolly, Teverson, Tyler, George, Gilbert, Rogerson; Eustice, Murray, Newton

Amendment Lords 58d (exemptions from the benefits cap for people who qualify as, or are because of the cap in danger of falling into, homelessness). As this amendment was lost in the Lords it was not voted on in the Commons.
For/retain: Berkeley, Dean, Myners; Taylor
Against/overturn: Jolly, Teverson, Tyler

Amendment Lords 59, Commons 47 (excludes child benefit from the cap)
For/retain: Berkeley, Dean, Myners; Taylor, Tyler
Against/overturn: Jolly, Teverson, Gilbert; Eustice, Murray, Newton

Amendment Lords 1, Commons 1 (ameliorate reduction)
For/retain: Berkeley
Against/overturn: Jolly, Teverson, Tyler, Gilbert, Rogerson; Eustice, Murray, Newton

The detailed wording of the amendments and the arguments around them and the voting records are in Hansard. Votes on Lords amendment 36a, 38, and 38a were on 11 January 2012, Lords amendments 58d and 59 on 23 January, and Lords amendment 1 on 31 January. The Commons votes were on 1 February.


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