Tuesday 13 October 2020


MPs have backed the renewal of the 10pm hospitality curfew in a Commons vote on Tuesday night.  The vote passed 299-82 with most Labour MPs choosing to abstain.  Keir Starmer had allowed backbenchers a free vote, but whipped his front bench to abstain.  The free vote led to a mixture of hard left and centrist MPs opposing the curfew - 23 in total.

The Labour MPs voting against the curfew were as follows (members of the Socialist Campaign Group are in bold).

Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Apsana Begum (Poplar & Limehouse)
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Dawn Butler (Brent Central)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish)
Mike Hill (Hartlepool)
Rupa Huq (Ealing Central & Acton)
Kevan Jones (North Durham)
Ian Lavery (Wansbeck)
Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields)
Rebecca Long-Bailey (Salford & Eccles)
Ian Mearns (Gateshead)
Grahame Morris (Easington)
Kate Osborne (Jarrow)
Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Streatham)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kempton)
John Spellar (Warley)
Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton)
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
Derek Twigg (Halton)

Ten of the eleven Lib Dem MPs also voted against the curfew, as did Caroline Lucas of the Green Party.  Plaid Cymru and the SNP didn't vote as the curfew only affects England, but that didn't stop six members of the DUP registering their opposition or the two Welsh Labour MPs listed above.

Of more concern to Boris Johnson will be the 42 Tory MPs who rebelled.  One of them resigned from his junior ministerial role prior to the vote.  Bolton MP Chris Green lashed out at the local lockdown in Greater Manchester, in particular the devastating economic consequences for local businesses.  The 42 rebels were as follows.

David Amess (Southend West)
Steve Baker (Wycombe)
Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire)
Bob Blackman (Harrow East)
Crispin Blunt (Reigate)
Peter Bone (Wellingborough)
Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West)
Christopher Chope (Christchurch)
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds)
James Daly (Bury North)
Philip Davies (Shipley)
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden)
Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland)
Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock)
Richard Drax (South Dorset)
Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)
Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)
Chris Green (Bolton West)
Tom Hunt (Ipswich)
Imran Ahmad Khan (Wakefield)
Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)
Chris Loder (West Dorset)
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham)
Anthony Mangnall (Totnes)
Karl McCartney (Lincoln)
Esther McVey (Tatton)
Huw Merriman (Bexhill & Battle)
Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)
John Redwood (Wokingham)
Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
Gary Sambrook (Birmingham Northfield)
Bob Seely (Isle of Wight)
Henry Smith (Crawley)
Desmond Swayne (New Forest West)
Robert Syms (Poole)
Derek Thomas (St Ives)
Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)
Matt Vickers (Stockton South)
Christian Wakeford (Bury South)
Charles Walker (Broxbourne)
Giles Watling (Clacton)
William Wragg (Hazel Grove)

Chris Green resignation letter