Early this morning the SKY news published a piece online that is available here with the headline Peers vote down government’s attempt to control protests and so I went onto Hansard to find out a bit more information which can be obtained from here. In total on Hansard there are a total of 14 Divisions that took place and the first one was voted for yesterday afternoon at 4.26pm and there were 13 more the last one was voted for at 12.28am this morning. The details will take some time to understand but there were several that were opposing the Government call for less campaigning and as it happens my conversation with Sussex Police has made it clear that they are also opposed to this part of the piece of law. So back to the amendments.
The first six were endorsed by the House of Peers, these are amendments 114a, 114c, 114f, 115, 132, 133a, all of which were opposed by the main Conservative Peers but supported by a wide range of other Peers including some Conservatives.
The seventh vote related to amendment 148 which was supported by the Conservatives and was opposed and indeed blocked by the others.
Amendment 150a was endorsed by the Peers and it was opposed by the main Conservatives and it was approved by the House of Lords.
There were another five that were proposed by the main Conservatives and each of them was rejected by the House of Lords. They were amendments 151, 152, 154, 155 and 159.
The final item which was opposed by the main Conservatives and was approved by the others was amendment 160 which took place at nearly thirty minutes into today.
We should be very grateful for the Peers that have worked so long yesterday afternoon into the early part of this morning.