Reading MPs vote different ways as parliamentary session ends

Reading’s two MPs, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East), continued to vote different ways on key government policies during the rancorous end to the current parliamentary session.

Mr Sharma voted for an early general election; Mr Rodda voted against. Mr Rodda voted to force the government to ask for an extension of EU membership beyond 31 October to avoid a no-deal exit, Mr Sharma voted against. Mr Rodda voted to force the government to release documents detailing no-deal Brexit impacts (‘operation yellowhammer’), and Mr Sharma voted against.

The UK government suspended (‘prorogued’) Parliament in the early hours of 10 September for five weeks, until Monday 14 October.

Bill and division Alok Sharma Matt Rodda Ayes Noes Result
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill
Second Reading

Division 440, 4 September
no aye 329 300 aye
Amendment 19 to the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill
Division 441, 4 September
no no 65 496 no
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill
Third Reading

Division 442, 4 September
no aye 327 299 aye
That there shall be an early parliamentary general election
Division 443, 4 September
aye no 298 56 no
Standing Order No. 24 motion
Prorogation and disclosure of communication

Division 444, 9 September
no aye 311 302 aye
That there shall be an early parliamentary general election (No. 2 motion)
Division 445, 10 September
aye no 293 46 no

Even though more MPs voted for an early general election than voted against, the ‘no’ vote won on both occasions because at least two-thirds of MPs have to vote for an early general election for it to take place outside the usual five-year schedule.

If you have not yet registered to vote in a general election, you can do so here.


Links
  1. Register to vote
  2. Hansard Online
  3. Parliamentary elections
  4. Parliament Online
  5. Register of members interests
  6. Alok Sharma home page, Twitter page, at Hansard and They Work For You
  7. MP expenses at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  8. Matt Rodda home page, at Hansard and They Work For You
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