Why did UKip not vote on Immigration Bill?
The report stage of the Immigration Bill concluded in the House of Lords on Monday, April 7.
During this (three-day) phase of the Bill's passage through the House, Peers continued to examine provisions in fine detail.
Many members took part in these vitally important debates, showing the Upper Chamber at its very best. Furthermore, many hundreds voted in some, or all, of the five divisions that took place.
However, we find it surprising that not one of the Ukip-affiliated peers chose to vote — let alone speak — during the passage of the Bill: be it during Report, Committee, or, indeed, Second Reading debate.
Lord Stevens of Ludgate seemed to be ill, but where was Lord Pearson of Rannoch? Or, indeed, Lord Willoughby De Broke?
There are, of course, no Ukip MPs and, as such, the House of Lords is their key avenue by which to hold the Government to account.
When one considers the attitude of Ukip’s would-be parliamentarians to their roles in Westminster and elsewhere, their silence is deafening.
Rev. Lord Roberts of Llandudno
Baroness Afshar OBE
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC CBE
Rt. Rev. the Lord Eames OM
Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE
Lord Maclennan of Rogart
Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames QC
Lord Jones of Cheltenham
Lord Rana MBE
Lord Rennard MBE
Lord Storey CBE
Lord Tyler CBE
Baroness Warnock DBE
Baroness Williams of Crosby PC
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