If only you weren’t such a two-faced douche Nick! You were supposed to be the one!
Don’t understand Hughes at all. Maybe because he is bisexual he can’t decide who to marry!
Couldn’t agree more! I’m gay myself, but I’d never lower myself and take a cheap shot at anyone like that.
I personally know bisexuals, and they are anything but confused or flaky!
A pity four Lib Dem MP’s felt the need to vote against the main bill.
Pity you couldn’t persuade Alan Beith , Sarah Teather, John Pugh and Gordon Birtwistle that equality was important as well..
Anybody know if any other libdems were on sick leave as well?
The “Sarah Teather” one is a total mystery to me.
Still, must not be a miserable old sod just because I’ve realised there are a load of Tory homophobes in Parliament – it was a landslide, 225 majority, the Lords will have to watch their step, and it will now pass – we might even get Civil Partnerships opened up to heterosexual couples too – given so many spoke in support of that, which would be great. Something for everyone – the public are gonna love the extra option.
It will be interesting to see how many straight couples would go for a CP. I predict a good turn-out.
3 MPs were on official constituency buisness (hard to move in the week between debate announcement and the debate itself).
1 MP was abroad on official government buisness.
1 MP was caring for an ill relative.
1 MP was on maternity leave.
All had previously expressed support.
1 further MP abstained on the Bill (saying it didn’t go far enough), but he supported the programme motion (how long it can be discussed and when it will be law by).
“The Lib Dem’s President Tim Farron did the same.”
Can someone clarify this? From reading reports, and from a friend within the party, he supports gay marriage.
Tim Farron on a LibDem site:
“Long before there was any public majority
for LGBT rights I fought for the equalisation
of the age of consent and for civil
partnerships & the right to marry.”
Wonder what changed his mind?
Oops. According to the Guardian Tim Farron vote FOR same sex marriage:
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn,
Badenoch & Strathspey), Tom Brake
(Carshalton & Wallington), Annette
Brooke (Dorset Mid & Poole North),
Jeremy Browne (Taunton Deane),
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon), Paul
Burstow (Sutton & Cheam), Lorely
Burt (Solihull), Vincent Cable
(Twickenham), Sir Menzies Campbell
(Fife North East), Alistair Carmichael
(Orkney & Shetland), Nick Clegg
(Sheffield Hallam), Michael Crockart
(Edinburgh West), Edward Davey
(Kingston & Surbiton), Tim Farron
(Westmorland & Lonsdale), Lynne
Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood
Green), Don Foster (Bath), Andrew
George (St Ives), Stephen Gilbert (St
Austell & Newquay), Duncan Hames
(Chippenham), Mike Hancock
(Portsmouth South), Sir Nick Harvey
(Devon North), David Heath
(Somerton & Frome), John Hemming
(Birmingham Yardley), Simon
Hughes (Bermondsey & Old
Southwark), Julian Huppert
(Cambridge), Norman Lamb (Norfolk
North), David Laws (Yeovil
That’s the list for the same-sex marriage vote not the programme motion. They are different things
It is actually the bill itself
For the programme motion Greg Mullholland voted for (but not on this list) while Hughes and Farron voted against (on this list)!
Oops (again). I did wonder why Simon Hughes was on the list.
Be a better day if you didn’t let your little army vote with there conscious this is a matter of equality so they should have been whipped once again you fell short suppose its an improvement from lies but not good enough
Nick, a higher percentage of “liberals” voted against equality than labour MPs? Alarming and disappointing.
Considering the Lib Dems only have a third of the MPs they ought to have, that really doesn’t make much difference.
Labour didn’t bother to introduce equal marriage. The Lib Dems did.
That’s the difference.
Well done Nick, punching above your weight to deliver a fairer society one step at a time.
he’s still a toff