15 March 2012

I accidentally deleted this post of 14 March so I am now restoring it.

On 13 March 2012 the House of Commons again debated the Tory Libdem NHS bill (the Health and social care bill). Labour put forward a motion acknowledging the 174 000 petition against the bill. A handful of Libdems, including Andrew George, Libdem MP for St Ives, put up an amendment which called for a pause for “an urgent summit of the Royal Colleges, professional bodies, patients’ organisations and the Government to plan health reforms based on the Coalition Agreement”.

Read the exact wording of the motion and amendment here (column 159) and here (column 182).

Both amendment and motion were lost.

Andrew George voted for both amendment and motion.

Stephen Gilbert (Libdem, St Austell and Newquay) and Dan Rogerson (Libdem, North Cornwall) voted against both amendment and motion (as did the three Tory MPs from Cornwall).

Libdem MPs voted against the motion by 42-6 and against the amendment by 43-7, including tellers.