Around 4.30pm today MPs will begin debating a Labour motion on the health bill. Following the vote at the Lib Dem spring conference on Sunday, their party’s official policy seem to be not to support the bill. In theory therefore the entire Lib Dem parliamentary party should be able to vote for the Labour’s Opposition Day motion which states:
That this House notes the e-petition signed by 170,000 people calling on the government to drop the health and social care bill; and declines to support the bill in its current form.
The motion has been amended by the LibDems and Labour has decided to accept the amended motion which is:
That this House notes the e-petition signed by 170,000 people calling on the government to drop the health and social care bill; declines to support the bill in its current form; and calls for an urgent summit of the Royal Colleges, professional bodies, patients’ organisations and the government to plan health reforms based on the coalition agreement.
The LibDem amendment was voted for by 260 and opposed by 314. The main Labour motion was voted for 258 and opposed by 314. Below is a link of the Pdf. copy I made of the Hansard recording of the full debate and voting results. The first set of voting results refer to the LibDem amendment and the second set to Labour’s main motion. Needless to say that any MP not on the list was either absent or abstained.