Part 2 Equalities for all not for the few



My Thoughts on Part 2 Equality for all and not the few:

Quote of the day

“All Equal All Different”

LGBT and Human Rights Activists from all over the UK descended together from all walks of life stood united to lobby our Members of Parliament (PMs) over the Single Sex Marriage whilst they went into parliament on 5th February 2013. This day marked a historic day for gay rights as MPs voted in favor of it  which won a cross party support for the bill which to be fair I would not have happen in my life time.

No one political party can claim victory for the bill it has to be said, if it was not for the LGBT activists from all the major political parties to which I solute them for their hard work.

I’m not against MPs who have strong religious believes as I believe that is part of democracy which is healthy. What I’m against MPs that tells you one thing in public then vote the opposite way after telling gay rights activists that they support their cause rather than being honest with them in the first place.

Although it maybe a small victory for the for them lets be frank for a moment it was a Labour Government that introduced a civil partnership to which I say I’m proud of being a member of the Labour party activist. However 10 years is a very long time but thanks to all lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) they have done their part to transform the equalities agenda.

The media had played into the hands of LGBT well done with the negative press release of 20 plus chair of the Conservative associations by handing in their petition which they knew that would go against them. Furthermore I’m proud that my Mp too the right decision to vote for Gay marriage.

I will enclose a list of Mps who voted for, against, and Abstained the bill:

Voted For – 220

Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East & Saddleworth)
Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East)
Douglas Alexander (Paisley & Renfrewshire South)
Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East)
Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow)
Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
Dave Anderson (Blaydon)
Mr Jon Ashworth (Leicester South)
Ian Austin (Dudley North)
Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Willie Bain (Glasgow North East)
Ed Balls (Morley & Outwood)
Gordon Banks (Ochil & Perthshire South)
Kevin Barron (Rother Valley)
Hugh Bayley (York Central)
Dame Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
Clive Betts (Sheffield South East)
Roberta Blackman-Woods (Durham City of)
Hazel Blears (Salford & Eccles)
Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East)
Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)
David Blunkett (Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough)
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West)
Lyn Brown (West Ham)
Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East)
Russell Brown (Dumfries & Galloway)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Karen Buck (Westminster North)
Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Andy Burnham (Leigh)
Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill)
Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
Martin Caton (Gower)
Sarah Champion (Rotherham)
Jenny Chapman (Darlington)
Katy Clark (Ayrshire North & Arran)
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
Ann Coffey (Stockport)
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow & Falkirk East)
Yvette Cooper (Normanton
Pontefract & Castleford)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
Mary Creagh (Wakefield)
Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham & Rainham)
John Cryer (Leyton & Wanstead)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Margaret Curran (Glasgow East)
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale)
Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West)
Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
Gloria De Piero (Ashfield)
John Denham (Southampton Itchen)
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras)
Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline & Fife West)
Frank Doran (Aberdeen North)
Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South & Penarth)
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West & Penge)
Gemma Doyle (Dunbartonshire West)
Jack Dromey (Birmingham Erdington)
Michael Dugher (Barnsley East)
Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
Maria Eagle (Garston & Halewood)
Clive Efford (Eltham)
Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central)
Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)
Natascha Engel (Derbyshire North East)
Chris Evans (Islwyn)
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Limehouse)
Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)
Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
Barry Gardiner (Brent North)
Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East)
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland)
Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen & Hamilton West)
Kate Green (Stretford & Urmston)
Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish)
Peter Hain (Neath)
David Hamilton (Midlothian)
Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
David Hanson (Delyn)
Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)
Tom Harris (Glasgow South)
John Healey (Wentworth & Dearne)
Mark Hendrick (Preston)
Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow)
Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch)
Julie Hilling (Bolton West)
Margaret Hodge (Barking)
Sharon Hodgson (Washington & Sunderland West)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
George Howarth (Knowsley)
Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Kilburn)
Sian James (Swansea East)
Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock & Loudoun)
Major Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
Alan Johnson (Hull West & Hessle)
Diana Johnson (Hull North)
Graham Jones (Hyndburn)
Helen Jones (Warrington North)
Kevan Jones (Durham North)
Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
Dame Tessa Jowell (Dulwich & West Norwood)
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)
Barbara Keeley (Worsley & Eccles South)
Elizabeth Kendall (Leicester West)
Sadiq Khan (Tooting)
David Lammy (Tottenham)
Ian Lavery (Wansbeck)
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith)
Christopher Leslie (Nottingham East)
Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
Andy Love (Edmonton)
Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld
Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East)
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden)
Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough)
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
Anne McGuire (Stirling)
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)
Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough)
Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham Ladywood)
Seema Malhotra (Feltham & Heston)
John Mann (Bassetlaw)
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
Alan Meale (Mansfield)
David Miliband (South Shields)
Ed Miliband (Doncaster North)
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston)
Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Jessica Morden (Newport East)
Graeme Morrice (Livingston)
Grahame Morris (Easington)
Meg Munn (Sheffield Heeley)
Jim Murphy (Renfrewshire East)
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
Pamela Nash (Airdrie & Shotts)
Fiona O’Donnell (East Lothian)
Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Sandra Osborne (Ayr
Carrick & Cumnock)
Albert Owen (Ynys Mon)
Teresa Pearce (Erith & Thamesmead)
Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)
Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
Nick Raynsford (Greenwich & Woolwich)
Jamie Reed (Copeland)
Steve Reed (Croydon North)
Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)
Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)
Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge & Hyde)
Linda Riordan (Halifax)
John Robertson (Glasgow North West)
Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
Steve Rotheram (Liverpool Walton)
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes)
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd)
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
Anas Sarwar (Glasgow Central)
Andy Sawford (Corby)
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Moor View)
Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith)
Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
Angela Smith (Penistone & Stocksbridge)
Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent)
Owen Smith (Pontypridd)
John Spellar (Warley)
Jack Straw (Blackburn)
Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton)
Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston)
Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside)
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury)
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
Karl Turner (Hull East)
Stephen Twigg (Liverpool West Derby)
Chuka Umunna (Streatham)
Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
Valerie Vaz (Walsall South)
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North)
Tom Watson (West Bromwich East)
Dave Watts (St Helens North)
Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test)
Chris Williamson (Derby North)
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)
David Winnick (Walsall North)
Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central)
John Woodcock (Barrow & Furness)
David Wright (Telford)
Iain Wright (Hartlepool)

Voted against – 22

Joe Benton (Bootle)
Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Tom Clarke (Coatbridge Chryston & Bellshill)
Rosie Cooper (Lancashire West)
David Crausby (Bolton North East)
Tony Cunningham (Workington)
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton)
Brian Donohoe (Ayrshire Central)
Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mary Glindon (Tyneside North)
Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East)
Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Michael McCann (East Kilbride Strathaven & Lesmahagow)
Jim McGovern (Dundee West)
Iain McKenzie (Inverclyde)
George Mudie (Leeds East)
Paul Murphy (Torfaen)
Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw)
Jim Sheridan (Paisley & Renfrewshire North)
Derek Twigg (Halton)
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)

Did not vote (or abstained) – 16

Dame Anne Begg (Aberdeen South)
Gordon Brown (Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath)
Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
Bill Esterson (Sefton Central)
Pat Glass (Durham North West)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Hall Green)
David Heyes (Ashton Under Lyne)
Jim Hood (Lanark & Hamilton East)
Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham Perry Barr)
Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton)
Ian Mearns (Gateshead)
Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)
Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall)
Gavin Shuker (Luton South)
Stephen Timms (East Ham)
Shaun Woodward (St Helens South & Whiston)

See article below:

David Cameron says he is proud the love of a same-sex couple will now “count the same” as that of a heterosexual couple, despite almost half his MPs voting against gay marriage.

MPs voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 400 to 175, a majority of 225.

But 136 Tory MPs opposed the bill.

Mr Cameron paid tribute, during PM’s questions, to those who had campaigned for “many years” and the “moving” speeches made by MPs during the debate.

MPs were given a free vote on the bill, meaning they were not ordered to vote a particular way by party whips.

Their decision to back the bill at second reading signifies that they approve of it in principle. The legislation will now receive more detailed parliamentary scrutiny.

‘Lords opposition’

If it becomes law, the bill will enable same-sex couples, who are currently able to engage in civil partnerships, to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies – the latter only with the consent of religious institutions.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron said: “Last night’s vote will be seen not just as making sure there is a proper element of equality, but also helping us to build a stronger and fairer society.

“I thought many of the speeches made last night were very moving, very emotional and I would pay tribute to all those people who have actually made this case, some of them for very many years, saying they want their love to count the same way that a man and a woman’s love for each other counts.

“That is what we have opened now in this country and that is why I’m proud it is this government that has brought it forward.”

Voting lists show that 136 Conservatives – almost half of the party’s MPs – opposed the bill.

This figure included two cabinet ministers – Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Welsh Secretary David Jones – eight junior ministers, and eight whips.

Of the remaining Conservative MPs, 127 were in favour, 35 did not vote, and five registered an abstention by voting both in favour and against.

Mr Paterson defended his decision to vote against the bill, saying his views were “not discriminatory at all”.

“I have my idea and many agreed with me but many more didn’t,” he said. “I have a clear idea of what the definition of marriage is… I expressed that last night and this process continues through Parliament.”

Among those who voted against, Conservative MP David Burrowes predicted that the legislation would receive substantial opposition when it arrived in the House of Lords.

However, he said the vote had shown that the party was in touch with the country: “The nation is divided, we have shown ourselves as a party to be divided.”

Former Tory defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth said that the government had no mandate for such a “massive social and cultural change”, which had not been mentioned in the 2010 Conservative manifesto.

Another Conservative MP opposed to same-sex marriages, Sir Roger Gale, says he hoped the the prime minister would make changes to the legislation.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think what we can do is ameliorate the worst of the effects of the proposed legislation.”

He has suggested replacing register office marriages and civil partnerships with a new form of civil union to “strengthen the concept that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, to leave that to faith to implement”.

Tory Mark Pritchard, who also voted against the bill, said he expected there would be “ongoing discussions over the progress of the bill”, but denied that disagreement amongst Conservative MPs had “caused long lasting division” or that there had been “fundamental damage to the prime minister”.

‘Equality landmark’

Downing Street sought to play down the significance of the split in the Conservative Party, stressing that it had been a free vote.

The prime minister’s spokesman said David Cameron “very much respected the opinion” of those who did not share his view.

Pressed over possible amendments to the legislation, the spokesman said Mr Cameron believed the safeguards in the bill were “the right and appropriate ones”.

Mr Miliband, the leader of the opposition, welcomed the outcome of the Commons vote.

“This is a proud day and an important step forward in the fight for equality in Britain,” he said.

“The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs supported this change to make sure marriage reflects the value we place on long-term, loving relationships whoever you love.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said he believed people would look back at the vote and see it as “a landmark for equality in Britain”.

He said: “No matter who you are and who you love, we are all equal. Marriage is about love and commitment, and it should no longer be denied to people just because they are gay.

“The Liberal Democrats have long fought for equal marriage. It is party policy and I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are part of the coalition government that are making it happen.”

Four of the 56 Liberal Democrat MPs opposed the legislation.

They included former coalition minister Sarah Teather who, in a statement, expressed concern that the definition of marriage was being changed, which could make family life more unstable.


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