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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

Lord Chidgey

Rt. Rev. the Lord Eames OM

Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE

Lord Maclennan of Rogart

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames QC

Baroness Humphreys

Lord Hussain

Lord Jones of Cheltenham

Baroness Meacher

Lord Rana MBE

Lord Rennard MBE

Lord Storey CBE

Lord Tyler CBE

Baroness Warnock DBE

Lord Wigley

Baroness Williams of Crosby PC

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