The Government suffered another defeat in the House on Monday on an amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. The amendment provides that the referendum on the Alternative Vote must be held before 31 October 2011. It was carried by 199 votes to 195. The voting was interesting:
For the amendment: Labour 149, Crossbench 42, Other 5, Conservative 3.
Against: Conservative 117, Liberal Democrat 62, Crossbench 13, Other 3.
As can be seen, the Government lost because of (a) the cross-benchers dividing disproportionately against the Government and (b) three Conservatives voting for the amendment. Had the three voted with the Government, the amendment would have been defeated. Unlike the other two most recent defeats, had all the new peers recently announced been introduced in time for the vote (and voted) the Government would have won the vote.