Ding-ding-ding-ding Clear the lobby! May 15, 2006Posted by Julian Todd in Politics.
The speaker stood and said we will now do the Second Reading on New Clause 19. he did an Aye and No calling. It sounded like more Ayes, but when he asked a second time, the Noes shouted much louder. Then he said "Clear the Lobbies" and the microphones were turned off.
Three minutes later they turned the mics on again for a few seconds to redo the calling, and for the Tellers to be appointed. All the MPs who weren't there at the debate now have seven minutes to come in and pack the vote.
Presumably the microphones are off to respect the MP's privacy as they make their decision about which way to vote on this important matter.