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MP abstains from gay marriage vote
CREWE’S MP declined to vote in the Commons on whether gay people should be able to marry.
Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, was one of 35 Conservative MPs that abstained from the vote on legalising marriage between homosexual couples in England and Wales.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed by a majority of 225 votes on February 5.
A spokesman for Mr Timpson, the representative of Crewe and Nantwich, said the MP’s vote was ‘a matter of public record’, and that Mr Timpson would not be making a statement on his abstention.
Despite being supported by Prime Minister David Cameron, the bill met stiff opposition from the Conservatives. 136 Tories voted against the bill, while 127 supported it.
217 Labour MPs voted in favour, 22 were against and 16 abstained.
Among the Lib Dems, 44 were in favour of the bill, four were against and 7 abstained.