Lib Dem peers help inflict Lords defeat over Coalition’s benefit cap plan

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2012

The BBC reports the result of tonight’s defeat for the Coalition in the House of Lords over the controversial government plans to introduce a £500 a week benefit cap:

The government has been defeated in the Lords in a vote on its plans for a £26,000-a-year household benefit cap. Lib Dem, Labour and crossbench peers backed a bishop’s amendment by 252 to 237 that child benefit should not be included in the cap. Critics argued that imposing the same cap on all families, regardless of size, would penalise children. The government said it was “very disappointed” and the vote “clearly flies in the face of public opinion”.

Lib Dem peers split 26 in favour of the amendment (and therefore against the Coalition) and 39 against the amendment (and therefore backing the Coalition position).

Here’s the named vote…

Lib Dem peers who voted for the amendment:

    Allan of Hallam, Lord
    Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Lord
    Avebury, Lord
    Benjamin, Baroness
    Cotter, Lord
    Doocey, Baroness
    Dykes, Lord
    Greaves, Lord
    Harris of Richmond, Baroness
    Hussain, Lord
    Hussein-Ece, Baroness
    Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Lord
    Macdonald of River Glaven, Lord
    Maclennan of Rogart, Lord
    Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Baroness
    Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, Lord
    Redesdale, Lord
    Roberts of Llandudno, Lord
    Smith of Clifton, Lord
    Taylor of Goss Moor, Lord
    Thomas of Winchester, Baroness
    Tonge, Baroness
    Tyler of Enfield, Baroness
    Tyler, Lord
    Walmsley, Baroness
    Williams of Crosby, Baroness

Lib Dem peers who voted against the amendment:

    Addington, Lord
    Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Baroness
    Brinton, Baroness
    Burnett, Lord
    Carlile of Berriew, Lord
    Clement-Jones, Lord
    Dholakia, Lord
    Falkner of Margravine, Baroness
    Garden of Frognal, Baroness
    German, Lord
    Goodhart, Lord
    Jolly, Baroness
    Kramer, Baroness
    Lee of Trafford, Lord
    Lester of Herne Hill, Lord
    Loomba, Lord
    Maddock, Baroness
    Marks of Henley-on-Thames, Lord
    McNally, Lord
    Newby, Lord
    Northover, Baroness
    Randerson, Baroness
    Razzall, Lord
    Rennard, Lord
    Rodgers of Quarry Bank, Lord
    Scott of Needham Market, Baroness
    Sharkey, Lord
    Sharp of Guildford, Baroness
    Shipley, Lord
    Shutt of Greetland, Lord
    Stoneham of Droxford, Lord
    Strasburger, Lord
    Taverne, Lord
    Teverson, Lord
    Thomas of Gresford, Lord
    Tope, Lord
    Tordoff, Lord
    Wallace of Saltaire, Lord
    Wallace of Tankerness, Lord

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.