Noes: Sir Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Gordon Birtwistle (Burnley), John Pugh (Southport), Sarah Teather (Brent Central).
Despite having made an unhappy speech, the former SDLP Leader, Mark Durkan, voted in favour. But his successor, Margaret Ritchie, abstained, as did their partisan, Alasdair McDonnell, two thirds of SDLP MPs, who take the Labour Whip. Of Northern Ireland's 13 MPs who take their seats, only Durkan and the Alliance Party's Naomi Long voted in favour, and her local party is split down the middle on this issue.
In any case, there is no one more tribal than the Tories, to whom a party which they pretend is not really a party at all, but simply in itself the national interest, is therefore an end entirely in itself.