How MPs voted on Labour’s bid to ban fracking

You can find out here how your MP voted in Labour’s plans for a law to ban fracking.

Photo: Parliament TV

DrillOrDrop has compiled a spreadsheet of the results from provisional data from Hansard.

Labour lost its bid to introduce legislation to ban fracking by 96 votes.

But, according to early Hansard data, about 40 Conservatives abstained, defying earlier orders of party managers. At the bottom of this article, there’s a spreadsheet with the Conservative abstainers and an Excel file of all the results.

If the figures are correct, the abstainers included: the prime minister, Liz Truss; her predecessors Boris Johnson and Theresa May; the former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng; former home secretary Priti Patel; former levelling up secretary Greg Clark; former attorney general Geoffrey Cox; the COP26 president Alok Sharma; David Davis; Nadine Dorries; Iain Duncan Smith; Ben Wallace and John Whittingdale.

The government reportedly did a U-turn on its position that the vote was a confidence vote, because of the scale of the expected rebellion by Conservative MPs.

There were small differences between the provisional Hansard figures and the votes announced in the House of Commons.

This is because the Hansard figures are based on MPs touching in their electronic passes, while the Commons figures are based on human counts. We’ve updated the results with the Hansard revisions.

Updated 20/10/22 to include revised figures from Hansard

9 replies »

  1. So Brendan voted for the government. Looking after his constituents then! The comments from local people so far show they are appalled.

  2. The Tories even turned this vote into a complete and utter shambles. Vote of confidence in the govt or vote against fracking? Minister stands up at the last minute to claim it was not a vote of confidence and that Tories voted against orders wouldn’t lose the whip after all. Chief whip immediately resigns after being completely undermined, then apparently marched off the the headmasters office. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more shambolic…. the end is nigh.

    • Oops, chief whip and deputy chief whip unresigned by the early hours and it WAS a confidence vote after all, so obviously not a vote about fracking. Thank heavens we now know what’s going on and that, with virtually every aspect of life in this country in chaos, at last we have a govt in control and with a sound strategy. I may need to update my comment again in another hour or two though. However, some things don’t change – my MP Kevin Hollinrake has every faith in this govt and/or supports fracking.

  3. To be fair the Conservative MPs were placed in a difficult position because of the whips making it a vote of confidence in the government, rather than opposition to fracking. Conservative MPs knew they would lose the whip if they voted in support of the Labour motion.
    The chaos that followed with a minister, at the very end of the debate, declaring that it was not a vote of confidence seems to have caused utter confusion. There have also been reports of bullying and manhandling of Conservative MPs by their own party outside of the voting lobby. Add in claims that the Chief Whip has resigned and this government’s reputation for chaos and failure persists.
    But what is heartening is the climb down by the government on the matter of local consent. Not only have communities been promised a veto and the industry will no longer play any part, but following consultation the matter will be put before parliament on the basis of a free vote. This has considerably weakened the industry position. Excellent.

    • Even though the vast majority of speeches, from MPs, including the Tories, were opposed to fracking, when it came to the vote, the Tories still voted along party lines. In my own area of the Fylde, where we have first hand experience of Cuadrilla’s efforts since 2011, even though local MPs, all Tories, Mark Menzies, Scott Benton and Paul Maynard spoke out against fracking they voted with the government. Only Ben Wallace, my MP appears to have abstained. The fact that it was a whipped vote and the confusion over whether it was a vote of no confidence or not turned the whole thing into worthless farce,

    • Sadly, KatT, the promises you refer to in the last paragraph were made by the last government. Will the next government in this never-ending Tory Punch-and-Judy Show consider itself bound by these promises?

  4. What a Hypocrite, Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle is. He voted against banning Fracking in Parliament while he promised his Constituents in the following Statement that he would not support Fracking “It is clear that for a number of reasons fracking will never take place within Pendle and certainly never with my support.” Before this U turn he claimed that he was committed, as his first priority, to represent the views of his Constituency where Pendle Council voted to ban Fracking.

  5. Welcome to the unsavoury world of party politics my friend. Desperately supporting an abjectly failed and utterly clueless government, rather than representing their constituents to whom promises had been made. Oh, and the small matter of also voting to break the (empty) promises of the 2019 manifesto. Nasty choice they were given by the whips… oh no they weren’t….. oh yes they were. Anyway Liz…. It’s behind you.

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