Six Nottinghamshire MPs among those who did not vote on 'Partygate' report findings into former Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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The six – all Conservatives – either abstained or did not take part in the debate prior to the vote and were among 286 MPs from all parties – including the Speaker and Deputy Speakers – who did not vote.
The six in question were Mark Spencer (Sherwood), Coun Ben Bradley (Mansfield), Darren Henry (Broxtowe), Brendan Clarke-Smith (Bassetlaw) and Lee Anderson (Ashfield), as well as Alexander Stafford (Rother Valley).
Mr Bradley said: “As I've explained already on my Facebook page, I am currently effectively on ‘carers leave' for a couple of weeks whilst my wife recovers from a major operation.
"I trust that constituents will recognise that the health of my family is my priority in this instance.”
Mr Anderson said: “I abstained because there is absolutely no point in voting to accept an MP be suspensed from Parliament for 90 days and his pass taken away when that MP has actually already resigned and has no intention of returning to the House of Commons in the near future.
"In my opinion the vote has achieved very little as he had already left.
"What’s the point in voting to ban someone from Parliament who has already left?”
The report said Mr Johnson deliberately misled MPs over lockdown parties at Downing Street.
The cross-party committee's report had found Mr Johnson committed repeated offences when he said Covid rules had been followed at No 10 at all times.
However, several allies of Mr Johnson questioned the impartiality of the committee and said they would vote against or abstain.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was one of the MPs who did not attend the debate and therefore did not vote.
The report recommended Mr Johnson be suspended from the Commons for 90 days if it was backed by MPs.
However, this was immaterial as Mr Johnson had already resigned as an MP with immediate effect prior to the report being published.
In total, 118 Conservative MPs backed the report, along with 172 Labour MPs.